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Dallas Dhu 34 yo (1980/2014, Gordon & Macphail, 43%)

The postman who came last week didn’t bring ‘only’ the already legendary 52 years old Glen Grant by Gordon & MacPhail: there were three other samples, and one that instantly hitted our eyes was this 34 years old Dallas Dhu. Still we remember Andrea Giannone from Milano Whisky Festival, that used to tell us how wonderful was this closed distillery, even if it isn’t praised like others. Only a few are the DD that you can taste nowadays, so we’re really full of joy. This is an ex-refill sherry cask, 34 years old, bottled at 43%.

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N: open and intense, no alcohol at all. Tasting it blind, no one would ever guess “sherry cask”, and maybe not even its age: it’s still quite fresh, with powerful notes of “malt in a distillery” (mashtun of course, malt bins – but there’s also that smell of warehouses…) and herbal hints, fresh leaves, mint. There’s also some mineral waxiness. But you can’t skip a huge amount of fruit, with tinned peaches, apples, apricots and dried bananas. Honey and white chocolate, to keep it even yummier. Wet wood.

P: again quite full and amazingly mineral, waxy and minty. While the maltiness doesn’t move backwards, on the front side come a sugary note od apples, white sugar, sweet milky bread. It remains on a retained sweetness, constantly filled of herbal and vaguely woody and spicy hints. White pepper.

F: it closes on apples, malt, mint and fresh leaves. Very mineral.

We’ll be short. Pros: an extraordinary intensity, and a very peculiar and refined nose. Cons: not really, maybe we can only say that on the palate it gets more herbal from sip to sip, and it kind of loses that amazing balance found on the nose. Still, a great whisky that deserves 89/100 in our book: 300€ in january 2016, not a bad price at all.

Recommended soundtrack: Paolo Frescura – Non serve a niente

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