Dalmore 12 year old – 1980’s bottling

Rating: 60-80 out of 10

Great nose. Surprisingly open and spicy, with pretty big greasy, waxy notes to it. It’s not as overtly sweet and sherried as I expected, which is a good thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with heavily sherried whiskies, but it’s a refreshing change on the contemporary Dalmore profile.

The mouth doesn’t quite deliver. What strikes me most is that it’s pretty floral and slightly soapy. I wouldn’t say its off, but it’s rather dominant. The finish is strangely cooling: imagine the mouthfeel of sugar free candy or gum.

All in all a good malt, which I think would have been better if it was  bottled at a higher strength.

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