Thursday, August 8, 2013
Archives 1983 Dailuaine 28 year old
Am I glad I have this bottle? YES. Was it my first choice for the money in the order it came in? NO. Why was it not? Well that is an interesting story, but I'll try and keep it short. I had an Aberlour kick going for awhile, while it is no longer as strong as it was when I placed this order, I had gone through a number of samples I purchased from this vendor, and having kept notes and (numeric) ratings for them, I really liked a Cask Strength Carn Mor Aberlour, which confounded me beyond belief as it had so many flavors in such weird combinations I had no clue how they came from a whisky, and while it said Aberlour, it was dark sherry free presenting its spirit in a whole new light. Well I decided to go and get that bottle, but it had only recently sold out ( in fact it was not updated on the site yet). But from talking with one of the owners, and looking over my notes and ratings I realized I scored this one equally as highly, so I went for it. ( A touch more to the story at the end of the post).
Dailuaine is a Speyside distillery, beyond that I honestly know very little about this distillery, other than it seems to be a pop sensation that hides behind amnesia. I mean everyone I talk to when I bring up Dailuaine they have nothing but fond memories, yet it seems to be no where to be found when you ask people to name off the top of their head their favorite distilleries. So onto the review:
Nose: Today I am getting an abundance of wood, lots of fresh cut Cedar and Pine, behind that is an interesting chocolate powder note, with coconut, vanilla, and a burnt sugar. From a little further away from the nose of the glass, some peaches, pears, and cotton candy.
Taste: Very sweet and flavor packed, so much of all the fruits mentioned above, coconut, peaches, pears, and yes a touch of chocolate especially into the finish. The finish is where all the wood notes come out again which work quite well with the chocolate. (It is oddly making me wonder why no one has ever done chocolate and bamboo?) But yes later on in the very long finish, macaroons.
Impressions: An absolutely solid whisky, and oddly my only complaint about this whisky seems utterly unapparent tonight, which is that it can at times seem rather subdued, leaving you to seek out the flavors.
Okay so the wrap up of the story. This has to do with why I do not use numeric ratings on my blog. For one they are incredibly subjective, even between the same person trying the same bottle under different conditions. Secondly both this and the Aberlour I mentioned I scored an 89. But they got to 89 in two incredibly different ways. The Aberlour got there by being surprising and out there in terms of taste and style, with an abundance of flavors. The problem is it was over powering and some flavors were not the best. While this whisky got to 89 by being an absolute rockstar of a whisky except for the fact that it has that amnesia effect where it is just subdued enough that you really enjoy it when you pay attention, but in hindsight you can't help but think it was borderline dull.