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Dalmore 15 Year


Dalmore 15 Year Taste ProfileStats – 40% alcohol, aged for the last three years in three types of sherry casks, Highland
Price – $90
Color – Copper
Nose – Wine, chocolate and maraschino cherries
Palate – Not content with just finishing this whisky in sherry casks, Dalmore decided to age the 15 year old in three different types of sherry casks (Matusalem, Amoroso, and Apostoles) to try to turn the fortified wine quality up to 11. Dry, a little salty and yeasty bread rise to the front. Some dried fruit lingers as well. Like a buttered scone with jam, or bitter orange marmalade on toast. That bitterness picks up just before the finish. It’s also bright like key-lime zest. Dry oak and tobacco round out the tail-end with a touch of star anise and clove. Less spicy and slightly less sweet than the 12 year, but the 15 has more wine character, which remains clean and fresh more than dusty or heady.

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The Dalmore 15 Year Tastes Like:

  1. Knob Creek 9 Year (90%)
  2. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve (89%)
  3. Russel’s Reserve – Single Barrel (89%)

 


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Dalmore 12 Year


Dalmore 12 Year Taste ProfileStats – 40% alcohol, aged in ex-bourbon and olorosso sherry barrels, Highland
Price – $55
Color – Amber and copper
Nose – Wood, leather and rich caramel
Palate – Impressionist painter Henri Matisse aimed to achieve above all else an “art of balance.” Achieving balance requires a practiced hand with nuance and experience. In whisky it is the same thing, striking a well-balanced drink requires just the right amount of sweetness to be matched by spice and just a hint of bitterness. The folks a Dalmore do a fine job trying to achieve that balance. Sweetness rolls in gently with tastes of caramel corn and bitter dark chocolate. Dry oak and musty leather follow into the mid-palate and linger softly into the finish. Oily nuts and dried maraschino cherries combine in a flavor reminiscent of fruit-cake to round out the profile. Nearly cloying in its sweetness, this is balanced well by hints of bitterness and bright citrus flavors. The Dalmore 12 Year is also spicy (as if Scotland started making high-rye bourbon), with dry cinnamon and allspice. Lots of deep and intriguing character for a whisky that’s only 80-proof. Pick some up online at Binny’s or BevMo.

Dalmore 12 Year tastes like:

  1. High West – American Prairie Reserve (91%)
  2. Hudson Manhattan Rye (91%)
  3. Elmer T. Lee (90%)

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Glenmorangie Lasanta


Glenmorangie Lasanta Taste Profile
Stats – 46% alcohol, sherry cask finished, Highland
Price – $50
Color – Amber, a little rosy
Nose – Floral and sweet, fresh white grapes, honey and pears.
Palate – Part of Glenmorangie‘s “Extra Matured” series.  First aged ten years in ex-bourbon casks, then finished for another two in Jerez Oloroso sherry casks.  Very smooth a rich.  Almost no spice which gives the apples and pear taste room to breathe and take center stage.  Like baked apples with butter and a pinch of cinnamon.  Caramel tastes take over the finish with a hint of florals.  Definitely for those who like there scotch sweet.

Alternatives:

  1. Springbank CV (85%)
  2. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve (83%)
  3. Bruichladdich 16 Year – Chateau Margaux (83%)

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Glenmorangie Astar


Glenmorangie Astar Taste Profile
Stats – 57.1% alcohol, Highland
Price – $85
Color – Deceptively pale straw
Nose – Fresh and mineral, a bit astringent (might just be the proof barking)
Palate – Aged in American oak from Ozarks and named for the Gaelic word for journey.  Immensely rich and buttery immediately filling the mouth.  Sweet and a little tart at the middle.  Spice heats up the finish with a touch of iodine.  The cereal grain sweetness melds with the richness to lend it a yeasty buttered dinner roll taste, almost a little salty.  Great stuff here.

Alternatives:

  1. Edradour 10 Year 1999 Sauternes Cask Finish (91%)
  2. Talisker 57° North (87%)
  3. Eades Anticipation Double Malt – Islay (81%)

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Glenmorangie 10 Year


Glenmorangie 10 Year Taste Profile
Stats – 40% alcohol, Highland
Price – $40
Color – Very pale straw
Nose – Sweet and spicy, fruity apples and pears, fresh, earthy white grapes.
Palate – Light and refreshing.  Some heat picks up early and some grainy pear sweetness up front too.  Smooth tartness builds through the middle, a touch of green apples.  The sweetness hangs around for the back end but the spicy heat comes around again for the finish.  A bit of grassy character comes through as well, a bit like a recently mowed yard.  Good for a Spring drink.

Alternatives:

  1. The Singleton 12 Year (90%)
  2. Cardhu 12 Year (88%)
  3. Michter’s US*1 (85%)

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