Advent Calendar 15/24. I’ve never had a Dalmore before, despite viewing many sweating bottles that cost multiple thousands of pounds under hot LED lamps in the Whisky Shop. I have to say, on that basis alone I’m more of a Whisky Broker than a Dalmore man.
Nose – Sour sherry, sweet malt, wet leather, old raisins. A damp, wooden nose with a clumsy sherry belt. There is richness and depth but without balance. This damp taint doesn’t count for much.
Body – Sweet, the sweet malt, a bright, sour note. Some chilli spice with wood. Initially pleasant but then it unravels.
Finish – Lingering sweetness and quite a lot of depth, then a faint, but sudden sulphurous taint which goes quickly but the reappears, further muted, later.
What's not good about it: One-dimensional, unbalanced, sour nose and that sulphurous taint.
What’s good about it: Good palate, malty richness.