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Dailuaine 1998, 14 year by Duncan Taylor Dimensions Batch 001

My first encounter with Dailuaine was from a Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) bottling of it, 41.47 – Bentley in Zanzibar. I recall that dram being ridiculously amazing. One of the best that I’ve ever had. It was only 7 years old and bottled at cask strength. Still, it contained aromas and a flavor profile that I’ve been searching over and over for.

The Society recently came out with a President’s choice bottling of Dailuaine, and like most of their picks, was bought out faster than I could react. So, it was great news to find that Duncan Taylor put out another cask… and that one of my favorite local retailers, K&L, received an allocation to sell. At the time of this post, they are long sold out. Looking online, however, Master of Malt and The Whisky Club have them in stock.

Anyways, how did this taste…in a word, Splendid.

The nose on this is fantastic. It’s got those typical fruity and floral notes that I associate with an ex-Bourbon Speysider. Bottled at a respectable 46%, inhaling is effortless. I can’t get enough; I’m tempted to spill some on my pillow case with the hopes that it will add Zen to my sleep. I’m reminded of almond jello and  fancy, vanilla frosted cakes.

Coating the tongue with this stuff is a delight. It’s malty and sweet. Liquid honey. The finish is about medium length; I wish they’d bottle this with a higher ABV. Oh well. I’m left with apple pie breath – I’m not complaining.

I give this a solid B.

Kirkland Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 20 year Sherry Cask Finish

December 22, 2012 Drinking, Speyside 4 Comments

A few weeks ago, I picked up this reasonably-priced Kirkland Signature 20 year old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the local Costco. Bottled by Alexander Murray, I am curious to know why they did not list the name of the distiller, like the 15 year old The Macallan that they currently have on the shelves. I’m going to guess that it’s from Glenmorangie. Anyways…

Bottled at 40% abv, nosing this scotch is easy and pleasurable. There is no alcohol burn at all. Instead, I smell gingerbread cupcakes and freshly-baked fruit tarts. On the palate, it is very malty, and slightly sweet. A bit one-note. However, its redeeming feature is that it is smooth, really smooth. There is no bite at all. The finish is very short.

Overall, this is a decent dram, especially at the price point. I give it a B-/C+.

Alexander Murray