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.