Review: The Dalmore 21

Dalmore21BottleDalmore 21 year old – 42%abv

Info: A one off release of 8000 bottles of which only 1200 will remain in the UK. Matured initially in American white oak casks for 10 years and then transferred into first fill Matusalem oloroso sherry butts for the last 11 years.
Colour: Dark autumnal rusty gold.
Nose: Rich, fruity and punchy… you may expect that from Dalmore and you won’t be disappointed here. It’s got bucketloads of pungent stewed winter fruits along with a deep seville orange marmalade, vanilla pods and hints of old leather and milk chocolate. Dunnage warehouse hints.
Palate: The palate is velvety smooth and easy, the punchy nose becomes a hug on your tongue. There’s loads of malt but it’s beautifully combined and intermingled with dark, rich and gently sweet stewed fruits; there’s hints of mushy cinnamon apples with the smallest dollop of cream on the side.
Finish: The sherry notes really shine through here on the finish, making it a gentle and slowly warming affair that lingers around for ages with the almost syrupy fruits..
Thoughts: A really easy drinking old Dalmore here, in the best way possible… layers of flavour to sit and enjoy and while away an evening in mellow Dalmorey bliss. Great whisky although hard to justify the high cost over others on the market at the same age.
Available: The Whisky Shop – £350 (higher than most 21yo’s).

Extra: For various other thoughts from me, go here!

Thanks to Dalmore for the sample.

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