A new release, 7,500 bottles, ex-bourbon then finished in oloroso.
Nose: Ripe orange, on top of sherry : sultanas, apricots and some wood varnish. wood and some lemon tart (lemon grass?) as well. Zingy and sweet at the same time with heavier dark chocolate notes too.
Palate: Quite chewy with a lot of spice, pepper and cinnamon. chocolate sprinkled with winter spice, varnish, and some alcoholic tang from the varnish.
Finish : Wood, cinnamon and spices, dark chocolate pralines.
This is a lovely dram, very rich and quite addictive. As for quality it’s very good. One thing I keep on asking with those ‘special’ releases from The Dalmore is more % ABV. 7,500 bottles all in all, could have benefited from a wee bit more oomph. Surely at above 50%, it would have been a cracking Dalmore. I do fail to understand why on such small releases, they do insist on bottling it at 45%. Another thing is the pricing. almost £100 for a 16 year old malt at 45% is too much IMHO.
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