Review No.129. Dalmore 12 Year Old

Dalmore is part of the same group that owns Whyte & Mackay, Jura and Fettercairn and this means that the product is overseen by Richard Paterson who is quite a character.  Dalmore has a bit more of an upmarket feel to it in comparison to those other brands within the portfolio.  This is probably down to the bottle design which I think is quite cool.  The 12 year old is the entry level bottle in the range and then there is the 15, 18 and 25 year old bottles as well the odd limited edition and non age statement.  This 12 year old can be found in supermarkets across the UK and is quite pricey at around £40 or more.


Whisky: Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Roasted nuts, caramel, leather, tobacco, Christmas cake, cinnamon

Taste: Malt, oak, butterscotch, chocolate, berries, honey, roasted nuts, burnt toast, black coffee

Finish: Coffee and dark chocolate, tobacco

Score: 3.25

Summary: I quite like the Dalmore 12.  The aromas exhibit those classic sherry cask characteristic with roasted nuts and spice.  I pick up a note of leather and tobacco too which works well sherry notes.  Fortunately, a lot of what can be found on the nose translates to the taste with the addition of chocolate and coffee.  Overall there is a good degree of complexity to this and the balance is spot on for me and because of this I can overlook the price tag.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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