For the most part I never gravitate towards food or drinks that are sweet. Scotch wise, there are brands of whiskies I personally will not go near because they are too sweet. The one exception, Dalmore!
Dalmore has always been one of my favorite sweeter whiskies. What separates this brand from others is the fact that its sweet notes aren’t too overpowering or in your face. And, I don’t think that is just a fluke, I’ve felt the same way about all the Dalmore expressions I’ve tasted, including this Dalmore 15-year.
Nose: wood, spices, cinnamon and nutmeg
Palate: cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, wood and ginger
Finish: lingering notes of spices and wood
This 15-year whisky is balanced, smooth, rich and absolutely tasty. It is matured for 12 years in American oak ex-bourbon casks. It is then split up into the following barrels for an additional 3-year: Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso. To finish it off, the whisky is finally married together in sherry butts.
With all the barrels used to mature this whisky it’s not a shocker that the notes of wood really come through. While the notes of wood are very prevalent I also got notes of spices, vanilla and nutmeg. It’s a whisky that reminds me of Christmas and although this may not be a whisky for everyone, I enjoyed it.
It is a complex whisky that is balanced, smooth, spicy, slightly sweet and tasty. I’d certainly have another.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.