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June 3, 2013


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A short verticale of Dailuaine

We'll have three lightly, or even totally unsherried Dailuaines today. It'll be interesting to se if we can still find sulphury tones, not talking about rotten eggs of course. Let's go.

Dailuaine 12 yo 2000/2012 (56.2%, Silver Seal, sherry cask, cask #9201, 348 bottles)

Dailuaine 12 yo 2000/2012 (56.2%, Silver Seal, sherry cask, cask #9201, 348 bottles) Two stars and a half Colour: gold. Nose: indeed there are whiffs of struck matches but I have to say they perfectly complement the bags and bags of light dried fruits, muscat raisins, plum jam, figs... It's a light and fruity style of sherry so far, with even quite some vanilla. I cannot not think of some straw wine (vin de paille). With water: it's the malt that comes out, together with more walnuts from the sherry, I presume. Mouth (neat): there are touches of rubber beside all the orangey and raisiny notes, the whole becoming even a little too leafy and grassy for my taste. Schweppes? A little prickly. The rest is very fine, between apple peeling and orange zests. With water: became more 'normal', with more bitter oranges, but the Scweppesy touch didn't vanish. Finish: quite long, on even more bitter oranges. Comments: a big dram. Some parts were quite brilliant (the raisins) but others have been a tad more difficult (the rubber). Not my favourite Silver Seal, but that may be due to the fact that there are so many great ones. Wasn't that too PC? SGP:561 - 79 points.

Dailuaine 20 yo 1992/2013 (54.1%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, bourbon barrel, cask #3127)

Dailuaine 20 yo 1992/2013 (54.1%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, bourbon barrel, cask #3127) Four stars Colour: white wine. Nose: no matches, this is clean and fruity, full of vanilla, yellow plums, apples, apricots and Balvenie-ish honeycomb. Also touches of marshmallows, great in this context. Maybe the easiest Dailuaine I've ever come across ;-). With water: swims like a champ! Became very aromatic and complex at the same time. Old roses? Patchouli? Incense? Vetiver? Mouth (neat): a syrup! Apple liqueur and liquorice wood, litres of honeydew, touches of cider apples and quite some candy sugar. It's a big dram but it keeps fresh despite the liqueury arrival. Add drops of ginger liqueur. No, glasses of ginger liqueur. With water: excellent. Some kind of Cointreau+ginger liqueur. Fun! Finish: long, all on the same notes. Comments: a great example of how good American oak can make some good Scotch great. Agreed, there are also a lot of examples of just the opposite. SGP:651 - 87 points.

Dailuaine 30 yo 1982/2013 (52%, Chieftain's, hogshead, cask #3893, 282 bottles)

Dailuaine 30 yo 1982/2013 (52%, Chieftain's, hogshead, cask #3893, 282 bottles) Four stars Colour: straw. Nose: funnily enough, this is ten years older but much akin to the 1992. Maybe it's a notch more on vanilla, and a little less on plums and apricots but otherwise, both profiles are extremely similar. Custard. With water: touches of cooked asparagus, new tyres and new plastic but funnily enough, all that works very well. A characterful old spirit. Mouth (neat): big sweet oak, which works well. Bags of ginger just like in the 1992, white pepper, cinnamon and cardamom. The oak's quite talkative. With water: smoother, rounder, with a lot of American oak, just like in the 1992. Same style, more or less. Finish: long, a tad leafier. A little menthol in the aftertaste. Comments: I really enjoy Chieftain's latest offerings - the ones I could try of course. I'm feeling they're kind of cleaner and straighter than before, despite the obvious newish oak. SGP:561 - 85 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Dailuaine I've tasted so far

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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