Whisky Advent Calendar: Day 15/24 - Dalmore 18 year old - 43%

Nose: Spicy sherry, fruit cake, orange, lemon, a touch of milk chocolate, Parma violets, pencil shavings and a hint of toffee and vanilla.

Palate: Quite a lot of sherry, tobacco leaf, orange juice, vanilla and a slightly sour note.

Finish: Fruity, cinnamon, stewed tea, white pepper and the sour note returns to sign things off.

Notes: I've previously tried the Dalmore 12 which, despite smelling wonderful in the glass, was actually a bit of a letdown. The 12 is bottled at 40% and even though the 18 has a slightly higher alcohol volume at 43%, it really could have benefited from a higher percentage to boost the overall flavour. I felt the Dalmore 18 promised much, but failed to deliver. And as it costs between £80 and £90, I don't think I'll be rushing back any time soon.


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