Dalmore 12 y.o. Review

Dalmore 12 y.o.018

40% abv

Score:  77/100


This is Dalmore at pretty much its most generic and uninspired.  The exact sort of whisky that sends me running for other whiskies.  It’s identifiable enough, to be fair, but in an ‘it’s so nondescript it becomes descript’ sort of way.  If that makes any sense.  I guess what I’m saying here is pretty much what I’ve said before about Dalmore: It seems like a whisky that is built to be the ‘typification’ of what the neophyte would expect Scotch whisky to be.  The biggest problem is that it’s simply hollow.  It makes me think of those old spaghetti western film sets, where the streets are lined with all of the prescribed stereotypical building fronts, but the reality is that they are nothing more than a one dimensional facade propped up for superficial effect.

Though it’s not a ‘bad’ whisky, it’s definitely uninspiring enough that I think we’ll just cut it off here.  In short: I’ll pass, thanks.

Nose:  Malt and caramel.  Apple, pear and a touch of orange.  A very dull, almost salty sherry influence.  Leather.  A rather muted creamy caramel note.  Soft flintiness (ironic, I know).

Palate:  Very translateable from nose to palate.  Decent arrival, but almost immediately falls flat.  Orange again.  Salty leather.  Barley and wet woods.  Some winey sherry influence that is somewhat juicy, but also kinda overblown for this rather light drink.  Moderate baking spice.  Maybe a touch nutty.  Flat and watery.

Thoughts:  The sort of malt that makes me question the blender’s palate.


– Reviewed by:  Curt

– Photo:  Curt

6 thoughts on “Dalmore 12 y.o. Review

    1. ATW Post author

      Hmmm…good question. Let’s skip the one-offs and indies, and stick with distillery bottlings only, what say? Probably Caol Ila 12.

      1. two-bit cowboy

        I might add “nose” to your questioning the blender’s palate. 🙂

        Spot on review! The old creme colored label was a better whisky.

        Wow, I must admit I didn’t see Caol Ila coming in as your favorite 12 yo. I went back and read your review so I sort of get it, but I’d have to point you at the Arran 12 CS Batch 4 (53.2%) and Springbank 12 CS Batch 9 (54.3%) as two contenders.

        1. ATW Post author

          Yeah, that’s sort of what I meant by skipping the one-offs. Those batch releases are wildly inconsistent (not necessarily in terms of quality, but certainly profile). I wanted to pick a readily available 12 that should be found nearly universally. A lot of those batch CS’s only see the light of day in certain markets.

          1. Athena

            Fair point. And the CI 12, though not among my favourites (which include its CS cousin), is definitely one I would choose over a diet coke if I needed to sip something.

            Many other 12 YO would not make the cut for me, including this one, livet and fiddich….I’d probably have them at the same level as diet Pepsi (meaning I would go without…).

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