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August 14, 2013


Tasting two excellent indie Dalmore

I really enjoyed the official 1995 ‘distillery exclusive’ a lot (WF 88) but other than that one, the indies tend to issue cleaner, more natural, closer to the distillate versions and, above all, use less wine wood (finishing, finessing, enhancing, whatever they call that). As the other guy said, when whisky gets too winey it becomes cognac. We’re not in 1910 anymore, are we?

Dalmore 16 yo 1996/2013 (46%, The Maltman, sherry finish, cask #3221)

Dalmore 16 yo 1996/2013 (46%, The Maltman, sherry finish, cask #3221) Four stars This one was finished in sherry but the pale colour suggests that was a light treatment. Unless it’s only a matter of ‘no caramel’ in this case. Colour: gold. Nose: Dalmore is a great spirit and that shows here. There’s tangerines and oranges, honey, white chocolate and just the faintest touches of gunpowder. A little grenadine too, touches of strawberry jam, fruit salad, ‘western orchard in summer’… In short, it’s very nicely fruity. Mouth: same big fruitiness, the oranges are there again, together with other citrus fruits. It’s even a tad Rosebanky, in a way. There’s even some lime. A refreshing Dalmore, this one goes down a treat. Finish: quite long, becoming much grassier. Zests, grass. A little sour wood in the aftertaste, maybe from the sherry cask. Walnut wine. Comments: the sherry’s discreet here, and the spirit is great. I enjoy this freshness very much. SGP:641 - 87 points.

Dalmore 24 yo 1989/2013 (46.6%, Cadenhead, small batch)

Dalmore 24 yo 1989/2013 (46.6%, Cadenhead, small batch) Four stars and a half Colour: gold. Nose: this is a grassier version, with also more roots, coffee beans, maybe celeriac, walnuts… That doesn’t mean it isn’t fruity, but we’re rather more on cut apples before the citrus kicks in, with the expected oranges and pink grapefruits. While I’m at it, a friend asked me why I sometimes write about pink grapefruits rather than just ‘grapefruits’. As a matter of fact, the pink ones are much sweeter and less acidic than the yellow ones. In that sense they’re closer to oranges than to lemons, if you see what I mean. But you knew that, of course. Mouth: same very lively profile as in the 1996 but there’s even more of everything. Mind you, this is perfect! All citrus fruits plus cider apples and touches of passion fruits, then a few green spices, maybe cardamom. Also a feeling of fresh coriander and lemon grass. Maybe even sorrel. Great body, perfect strength. Finish: long, nervous, citrusy. Apple skins in the aftertaste. Comments: I almost went for 90. Superb fresh and clean Dalmore. SGP:651 - 89 points.

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