Aug 20, 2013

Single Cask Nation Dalmore 12yo...

Single Cask Nation Dalmore 12yo (46.1%): After their amazing start with three great expressions last year it looks like the member only Single Cask Nation want to raise the bar even higher this year. They just released three more new bottlings: a twelve year old Dalmore, a twelve year old Glen Moray and a six year old Laphroaig. I will taste all three of them within this week and try to decide one (hopefully only one...) bottle to order for myself. Let's start with the Dalmore today. The spirit is distilled in June 2000 and aged in a refill bourbon hogshead for twelve years before being transferred into a Pedro Ximenez hogshead for an additional ten months. It is bottled at cask strength at 46.1% abv. from the cask numbered 6951 which yielded 238 bottles. Color: Flower honey, yellow gold. Nose: Soft baked white chocolate cranberry cookies, nail polish and cardboard boxes. Honey, dried sour cherries and vanilla. A few drops of water add sour milk and green almond aromas. Palate: In spite of its relatively low abv it's pretty hot on the tongue. St. Dalfour style black currant marmalade, sultana raisins, cherry punch and artificial almond extract. Creamy but pretty dry mouthfeel. Water doesn't take the alcohol burn away like you would expect but brings green notes to the palate: wet grass, bitter greens and fresh cut tree branches. Actually I got some wood notes you usually get from young whiskies aged in small barrels. Finish: Long with sweet spiciness you taste forever after eating Greek cinnamon baklava with thick sweet syrup. Burnt brown sugar and toasted oak. Overall: Wow, those ten months in Pedro Ximenez cask really counted. I was prepared to taste a more American oak influenced whisky but it happened to have a palate almost like a fine aged grain whisky instead. A dram for the whisky lovers with a sweet tooth. Would pair great with chocolaty desserts after dinner at a cold winter night... Yummy stuff. Cannot wait to taste the others...