Expression: 18 year old
Sherry, spices, dark fruits, malt. Still some freshness to it, together with the ‘dark’ aromas of chocolate, sultana’s, coffee, cinnamon, burnt sugar etc.
Quite some sherry, but there’s definite new oak in the background. Still the dark aromas are there, together now with (to me) signature Dalmore maltiness. A bitter edge makes this more pleasant than expected, and the honey sweetness with the spice and dark fruits makes this an excellent malt.
Medium length, unfortunately. The nice mix of aromas and the complexity dies out very quickly, leaving a malty, quite watery aftertaste. Pity.
I’m a supporter of Dalmore and this expression doesn’t disappoint. The finish is by far the least enjoyable feature of this whisky, making it a risk not to be remembered for that. Still, the taste is wonderful and that’s a fact.