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Dalmore 15 yo (2014, OB, 40%)

Dalmore was probably the first distillery to turn into a luxury brand (the popular website Master of Malt describes it as “the most legendary distillery in the world, when it comes to creating stunning whisky with real provenance”). The success is also due to the excellent work by the great Richard Paterson; since the end of ‘90s Dalmore has been releasing overpriced bottles and they still do it. It’s a controversial choice and several whisky enthusiasts expressed unveiled criticism about it (do you remember Serge’s words about the Constellation serie? A serie with a 19 years old whisky finished in Port pipes at 2k pounds… apparently good, but still…). The ownership has been Asiatic since years: firstly an Indian businessman, now a Chinese-Filipino tycoon whose real-estate company is called Megaworld Corporation, like in the comic strips…
Anyway, let’s taste the 15 years old OB. Colour: copper.

Dalmore-15

N: it shows a great character and despite the low ABV it’s well built and intense; the oak – with some alcoholic notes – gives an idea of polished furniture… Generous nutty sensations (walnuts and almond oil); dried apricot and a deep flavour of ripe banana. Assorted jams and tarte tatin. On the background, the sherry provides a fragrance of sultanas’ bread. 

P: the palate is extremely consistent with the nose. However, here the 40% ABV begins to be a problem: because the low alcohol content makes everything softer, but also weaker. The first sip is oaky, with mixed dried fruits (sultanas and apricots) that gives a widespread bittersweet taste.

F: unexpectedly long and again consistent, nuts and sultanas.

When we visited the distillery, we enjoyed the 15 yo among the most affordable drams (we mean: free drams). In fact, we still appreciate it. Although we must deplore the choice to bottle ita t 40% ABV… It’s certainly a rounded whisky with a good personality and traces of the greatest Highlanders: 85/100. With a little bit more of energy (alcohol), it would have been a dream dram.

Recommended soundtrack: Marcus Miller – Tightrope.

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