Every now and again I will do sample trades with friends, fellow bloggers, readers of the blog and JSMWS society members. I may have something they want and vice versa. Sample trades are a great way to expand your palate and horizons; a way for your to find new whiskies you may love (or hate).
This being said, I recently did a swap with one of the JSMWS members from our west coast contingency. Marshall, the aforementioned member, and I recently had the following swap: I offered up some Hanyu 18yo single cask #370 and Signatory 17yo single cask Linkwood (1st fill sherry) for some Dalmore 21yo Sherrywood & a 13yo Bowmore that was matured in a petrus wine cask (then bottled by Bruichladdich which threw me a bit…).
Marshall told me that this particular Dalmore is a desert island dram for him – one of his top three whiskies. Thems is strong words, my friend… strong words. I’ve had a few Dalmores, most being very nice, with the 1973 being a goddess of a whisky. Marshall, let’s see if this is as good a whisky as you pumped it up to be:
Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars (a milk chocolatey quality is here in addition to the dark mentioned above).
Increasingly peppery and somewhat way smelling.
A touch smokey after a couple of minutes.
The oak now rears its head (“rears its head…” I like that little phrase. It’s funny and sounds dirrrrty in a sophomoric way).
Warm, warm oak – toasted oak.
On the mouth — A very minty attack.
Slightly soapy, oily and chewy all at once.
Pepper bite, orange creamsicles.
Mixed berry candies of the hard and powdered variety.
In sum — Now THIS is a Dalmore. After the 1973, this may be the best one I’ve had to date. Candied and soothing.
This both tastes great and is filling – it’s a heavy whisky but one not to take lightly.
One to celebrate with… that’s if you can find a bottle.