700ml // 40.0% ABV
A favourite expression in the Dalmore stable, this 15 Year Old is elegant and smooth, with lipsmacking texture and the flawless balance one would expect from blending maestro Richard Paterson.
This Dalmore is an official bottling from 2007 of a 15 Year Old with a wonderful dark, golden color. It matured on three types of sherry casks: matusalem, apostolos en amoroso.
The nose is amazingly complex and keeps developing in the glass. Nosing this whisky is a nice half hour pastime, believe me. Milk chocolate with orange filling, dried figs, toffee, espresso, sugar cane, puff paste, maple syrup, caramel, almonds and a few drops of soya sauce. Soft spices: ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Some pear and pineapple, dipped in honey. Is that a trace of smoke I sense there? Great nose.
It tastes full and soft. Some citrus (oranges & co), immediately followed by coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Very zesty. Some nuts, again. The spices speak a little louder now.
The finish is slightly smoky (told you!), on nuts and vanilla. A little bit drying and – while long – much to short for my tastes.