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.