Drink Review: Dalmore 12 Year Old

October 26, 2020
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Dalmore 12 is aged for the first nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before half is transferred to ex-oloroso sherry casks for the final three years. The result is a whisky with a combination of sweetness and rich, sherried flavours.

Dalmore 12 Year Old Review:

Nose: Rich bourbon notes mixed with sherry wood. Slightly dusty. Malt and vegetal notes.

Taste: Initially sweet, with creamy oak and a smooth, spicy mouth-feel.

Finish: Long, spicy and sweet at the same time. Very malty. Tannins from the oak.

Dalmore Review:

Nose: A smooth, sherried sherry. Sweet, milky and slightly dusty. Hints of fruits and nuts.

Taste: Rich, sweet and malty. Oak with just a hint of extra sweetness.

Finish: Long and spicy with a hint of sweet.

Personal Review: I’m not usually a fan of peat-based whisky for a number of reasons, the worst being that it tends to smell like an obscure beach of some sort, and in some cases, it also tastes like it. This Dalmore 12 is an exception, as it’s not too peaty, and it has a sweeter side for once.

Dalmore Review:

Nose: Soft and sweet. Then a slight hit of peat and a slight dusting of haya fruits.

Taste: Unjaded mellow. Slight peat and a hint of sweetness.

Finish: Mellow with a nutty and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Dalmore Review:

Nose: Rich, sweet, buttery and slightly vegetal. The notes reveal themselves gradually as you wait for the rest of the whisky to open up. Hints of toasted nuts.


Finish: Soft and slightly sweet, with a sizeable alcohol hit.

Dalmore Review:

Nose: Sweet and fruity. I get the buttery sherried oak immediately after the initial air pull.

Taste: Sweet and slightly smoky. The young scotch greets fruit, and then the buttery oak reveals itself just at the end.

Finish: Long and spicy.

Drink Review:

Nose: Sweet-ish, with some peat. I get a sour apple aroma mixed in.

Taste: Quite peaty on the tongue. I get hints of citrus and some butter.

Finish: Long and creamy.

Personal Review: I love this whisky. It’s sweet, and I love that it’s not very peaty. Soft, smooth, delicious.

Dalmore Review:

Nose: Soft, with plenty of sweet and buttery oak. Hints of caramelisation.

Taste: Soft, buttery, sherried and sweet.

Finish: Medium.

Drink Review:

Nose: Sticky, buttery and rich. It smells very much like a clear, sticky sherry. Hints of fruits.

Taste: Soft and sweet, with some hints of butter.

Finish: Long.

Drink Review:

Nose: A slightly smoky, creamy and sweet sherry; very nice.

Taste: Creamy, thick and smooth. I get hints of toasted nuts.

Finish: Long and pleasant.

This is a smooth but very complex whisky that had me coming back for more. The nosed, on the first first, reminded me of that American oak, sweet and rancio smell one gets from a Speyside malt whisky of oak matured for 10 years. The taste is equally complex and creamy; with hints of caramel and tobacco, mixed in with hints of aniseed, cinnamon and a slight mintiness. The finish is long and pleasant with an unusual but nice nutty after taste.

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Dalmore 12 Year Old Review:

Nose: Minty sherry, with a big hit of bourbon. Oak, berry fruits and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, creamy and Sherry. Oak and raisin.

Finish: Medium long, with a mineral and woody juniper-y hint. It’s got a bit of a kick to it.

I really enjoy this whisky, and in one bottle, it’s a steal. It’s a full-bodied, elegant and smooth sherry. It’s not overly sherried, and it’s on the lighter side which is nice because it does not allow the whisky to become bitter. The first taste is a sweet sherry syrup with hints of oak and a hint of everything working together. Over time, the whisky becomes dryer and more bitter, never losing the sherry notes.

Dalmore Review:

Nose: Sherry, raisins, plums, strong oak and a bit of potpourri.

Taste: Relatively light; sweet, creamy oak and a bit of spicy wood.

Finish: Long, and smoky, with some slight peat.

Drink Review:

Nose: Creamy honey sherry. I get a slight tanginess.

Taste: Rich and creamy. I get a slight oiliness.

Finish: Medium short. Honey, sherry and a hint of peat.

Dalmore Review:

Nose: Sweet, caramel and bourbon. Over time, the sherry notes appear with hints of dried coffee beans.

Taste: Creamy and a bit sweet. I get a hint of wood.

Finish: Medium to long, with a peaty aftertaste.

Drink Review:

Nose: Sweet, buttery sherry. I get a hint of oak at first, but as it develops, it becomes more floral and a little more dry.

Taste: Rich, buttery sherry. Lots of oak and a hint of honey.

Finish: Very long and complex. Anise and other spices.

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