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April 4, 2013


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Tasting two 1997 Dailuaine and one bonus

I’ve only tried two 1997 so far, a Hart Bros bottled in 2008 that was okayish in my opinion (WF 79) and a Douglas of Drumlanrig (DL) that was superb (WF 87).

Dailuaine 15 yo 1997/2012 (46%, Signatory, Un-chilfiltered Collection, hogshead, cask #6015+6016, 795 bottles)

Dailuaine 15 yo 1997/2012 (46%, Signatory, Un-chilfiltered Collection, hogshead, cask #6015+6016, 795 bottles) Three stars Colour: pale gold. Nose: a firm yet pretty naked yet relatively ‘thick’ malty nose, very natural, quite close to raw barley and various oils (linseed, sunflower), then apple pie and a little marzipan. Some beer, leaven… Pretty much the opposite of a light and fruity Speysider. Mouth: starts on Muscovado sugar and peanuts, then there’s a little corn syrup, vanilla and apple compote. It’s no wide whisky but the general feeling is pleasant, it’s all quite full-bodied. Finish: rather long, candied and unexpectedly salty. Some liquorice wood in the aftertaste and a slight feeling of stout beer. Comments: an interesting spirit-driven heavy Speysider. SGP:451 - 82 points.

Dailuaine 1997/2012 (46%, The Ultimate, cask #6012, 372 bottles)

Dailuaine 1997/2012 (46%, The Ultimate, cask #6012, 372 bottles) Three stars and a half Obviously a sister cask of the Signatory. Colour: straw (which, indeed, suggests a less active cask). Nose: we’re extremely close to the Signatory, this is maybe just a notch lighter and grassier (hints of asparagus), while it tends to become a little waxier after a few minutes. Apple peelings.  Mouth: same as the Signatory, maybe just a notch more herbal and earthy again. Slightly gentiany, which I just cannot not like. Finish: long, slightly bitter. That gentian again? Comments: one more point because of the gentian ;-). SGP:451 – 83 points.

Dailuaine 34 yo 1973/2007 (50%, Douglas Laing, Old Malt Cask, refill hogshead, cask ref #3976, 238 bottles)

Dailuaine 34 yo 1973/2007 (50%, Douglas Laing, Old Malt Cask, refill hogshead, cask ref #3976, 238 bottles) Four stars Colour: pale gold. Nose: this baby does not quite smell twenty years older but it does display more sweetness and fruitiness. I really enjoy these whiffs of cut apples, the rhubarb, the touches of raw potatoes and then the development on candy sugar, marzipan and tinned pineapples (hints). There’s also a little stone-fruit eau-de-vie, between kirsch and zwetschke, quite close to these marzipan/almond notes. Beeswax. Very nice, fresh and quite complex nose. Mouth: most funnily, this palate makes me think of some pure potstill Irish. It’s got this sour fruitiness (or, well, fruity sourness), with pineapples and bananas, touches of pomegranates, vanilla, apples, then more coriander, maybe sorrel, chervil and dill, tarragon… All that is really funny! Any excessive oakiness is kept at bay. Finish: not the longest but it remains perfectly balanced between these sweet and sour fruits and all these herbs. Comments: it’s relatively light for Dailuaine but it’s most enjoyable to quaff. Don’t say “Redbreast”! SGP:551 - 87 points.

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