Dalmore 12 yo (43%, OB, cream label, mid 1990’s)
Nose: rather punchy, very malty and caramelly at first nosing. Bold notes of burnt cake, a little winey, with something of a Cognac. Whiffs of smoke. Gets then very grassy and even farmy (hay) and meaty, and finally coffee. Bold and rather complex.
Mouth: extremely creamy, malty, sweet, bold and nervous, quite hot. Strong notes of cooked wine, fortified white wine, crystallized oranges, marmalade. Lots of cake, mocha, sugared coffee, Tia Maria, Cointreau… And also some dried herbs, thyme, parsley, rosemary.
Finish: long, rather hot finish, on rum, orange liqueurs and cooked caramel.