Reviewed on Tue 29 Mar, 2016
The ABV probably could have been cranked up a few notches on this one but overall I'd buy it again - it's the sort of easy drinking, sweet, sherry finished whisky I'm always happy to come back to.
A travel retail release of Dalmore single malt Scotch whisky, which is matured in a mix of two types of first fill ex-bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry butts, then finished in port pipes from the Douro region in Portugal. Unlike many Dalmore's (ahem - Dalmore Constellation), this one is actually rather affordable, even if it does follow the current trend of rather expensive NAS releases. You can probably already tell I enjoyed this - the bottle is almost completely empty! I really should take photos beforehand...
On the nose: A lot of toffee, hazelnuts and orange peel. Cherry ripe bars. It smells smooth, rich and inviting which suits me down to the ground.
The taste: Terry's chocolate orange, quite waxy in the mouth, but smooth and not at all sharp or bitter. There's a rush of sweetness before drying out with plenty of nutmeg, spices and candied peel.
The finish: Pleasant and lingering, if slightly medicinal. There's a bit of something sharp at the end I can't quite catch - almost like dried sultanas that have been left out of the pack a bit long.
Personally... It's a nice whisky, though for £60 doesn't really match up to The Dalmore 15yr for the same price (though the Valour comes in a 1L bottle , to be fair). The ABV probably could have been cranked up a few notches on this one but overall I'd buy it again - it's the sort of easy drinking, sweet, sherry finished whisky I'm always happy to come back to.
Personal Rating: 87/100
Value for Money: 87/100
Overall Rating: 87/100