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March 10, 2021


Three More Dalmore

One OB and two IBs, fine with that?

Dalmore 10 yo 2009 (42.5%, OB, +/-2020)

Dalmore 10 yo 2009 (42.5%, OB, +/-2020) Four stars
Rather sadly, this vintage expression is just a finishing. I would preserve the natural side of a vintage expression, but there, they may have used refill sherry.  Colour: gold. Nose: hurray, this is a lovely nose, fresh, rather complex, not too sherried, but with nice walnuts and various herbal teas on top of the oranges and plums. It's pretty floral too, with peonies I would say, also honey and vanilla, probably from the previous containers (fresh American oak I suppose). Quite a lot of nougat too. A pretty nose for sure, but we know that theses combinations, the devil lies on the palate. Mouth: honeys, marmalade, raisins, walnut cake, black tea, marzipan, bitter chocolate, cloves. Oh so very Dalmore. No leafy bitterness in this one, it all went smoothly this time. Finish: medium, rather sweet (crystallised oranges) and with quite some nougat or turon. A moderate amount of cinnamon and clove in the aftertaste, and just a little hint of bitter tobacco. Comments: yesterday's Quintet was a little more to my liking, but I'm still much pleased with this one. They know how to do these things, don't they.
SGP:651 - 85 points.

Dalmore 11 yo 2007/2018 (55.1%, Hart Bros., 'First Port Pipe Filled')

Dalmore 11 yo 2007/2018 (55.1%, Hart Bros., 'First Port Pipe Filled') Four stars
Glad to see Hart Bros. kicking around whiskydom, but what does First Port Pipe Filled actually mean? Was it the first time ever that anyone filled a Port pipe? (LOL), or was this baby first filled in Port, then in something else? Or the opposite? Any ideas? Colour: straw. Nose: well I do not get much Port – or was it white Port – rather vanilla and subtle yellow fruits. Yellow peaches, some popcorn and nougat, sweet maize bread, then a little pomegranate and white currants perhaps, also dandelions and other wild yellow flowers (buttercups)… With water: more sweet breads and restrained fruits. I'm thinking preserved greengages, for example. Mouth (neat): eau-de-vie-ish! Kirsch and plum spirit, white armagnac (blanche), some limoncello, green apple liqueur, some syrups… I sure don't get much Port here. Not that I'm about to complain… With water: barley syrup, more sweet plums, tinned fruits, some puréed apples perhaps. Finish: medium, fruity, syrupy (in a good way), very pleasant. Comments: very good, all natural, textured Dalmore, but I couldn't detect the slightest touch of Port. Not that I've tried too hard, mind you. Oh and I saw no oranges either. So a very good, very atypical Dalmore.
SGP:551 - 85 points.

Dalmore 14 yo 2005/2020 (57.6%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, refill bourbon, cask #1600212, 255 bottles)

Dalmore 14 yo 2005/2020 (57.6%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, refill bourbon, cask #1600212, 255 bottles) Three stars
Colour: straw.  Nose: not much I'm afraid. Some burnt notes and some grass, a little rubber, hay, sugarcane syrup… Hello? This baby's surprisingly shy I would say. Water may wake it up, let's see… With water: certainly! Oranges and tangerines, that's what I was expecting. Having said that, it remains ueber-simple for Dalmore, almost binary. But I agree, better oranges than cod oil. Ha. Mouth (neat): a little hot, burning, grassy, with sour fruits it seems… I do seem to detect Dalmore's oranges, but I'm not even sure. With water: way, way nicer. Freshly squeezed oranges, pink grapefruits, touch of liquorice, cardamom, turmeric… Tends to become rather bitter after say twenty seconds. Finish: long, green a little bitter. More turmeric, grapefruit skin, green walnuts. Comments: an austere tipple that's perhaps not the most rewarding Dalmore ever. Has its charms though.
SGP:361 - 80 points.

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