The Dalmore - Valour

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.


Nose:  88/100 
Taste:  86/100 
Finish:  87/100 
Personal Rating: 87/100 
Value for Money:  87/100 
Overall Rating:  87/100 

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