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Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

(70cl, 46%)

Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

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Dailuaine 21yo 1996 Bottling Note

A 21 year old Dailuaine, independently bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch collection. This was matured in a pair of bourbon hogsheads from 1996 to 2017, when it was bottled at 46% ABV.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Dry tobacco and freshly cut oak. Sweeter hints of honey'd barley.

Palate: Definitely sweeter on the palate, with chocolate digestives and a touch of strawberry.

Finish: A creamy finish of vanilla and plum. Another whack of tobacco.

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Dailuaine 21 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead) Reviews

CADENHEAD's DAILUAINE 21yo 1996 - UCF - no e150 - 46%

Needs a couple of drops of water, and aeration:

Light but ebullient; sharp like a sharp assorted berries cordial.

Anise seeds and dry unsalted licorice, red licorice, black licorice,
dried nectarines
pineapple really very prominent
sassafras root / root beer
cola cubes
cocoa powder
milk chocolate
ripe and unripe bananas, banana peels
slightly Armagnac-like, hors d'age

Wood is nice and fusty

More and more mineraly as the half-hours pass in the glass

prominent honey
sour apples in the back there
blood orange soda pop, orange peels, bit of grapefruit
baked pears, as in a pear pie, cardamom
pine resin, peppermint
possible hint of kiwi
mildly sour rosewood, very slight
dry seltzer
juniper shrubs, touch of anise

Beer-like with enough time in the glass

faint taste of some dry pickled chilies

fresh, juicy, succulent bourbon
aromatic wood chippings
canned fruit cocktail fruits
rum note, Guyana, distinctly rummy aftertaste
raspberries, wild strawberries
oat biscuits
frozen yogurt, unpasteurized cream
chocolate mocha beans (the chocolate candies)
spice cake : sticky dried pineapple sweetbits, dried fruit bits, cloves, ginger
treacle, maple syrup
aromatic light tobacco, no big whacks
red currant jelly
cloud berries
apricots and plum, hint of cranberries and pomegranate
coriander, hint of ferns
grapy, riesling note, sultana raisins
decadent sweetness
creamy vanilla

lime peels and lemon water

Meaty, white pepper, ferns, slight nettle, drying
low viscosity, lower than official notes lead to believe

A bit of oak, dry palate, twiggy, and this is the only minus here, it's a bit over-the-top twiggy.
( I assume this is why the price on this was reduced compared to other 21 year olds ~ ~ )

All in all soft, rounded, well balanced. Sharp berry fruit.
Fairly sweet. Balanced sourness.


Highly recommend at price comparable to above.
Well worth it for the nose in my opinion.

( This was put up as a series of 3 posts in 2018 but was accidentally deleted. )

1st September 2019

All right, an amendment. I wrote below that there's a 'salty licorice' note in this, when there is in fact no hint of salt here at all. It should be 'unsalted licorice, red licorice, black licorice.' Thank you.

- Hint of blueberries
- Slightly twiggy finish (which I personally find very charming and appealing, it being slight.)
- Gets more Armagnac-like as it softens up through the weeks/months.

(I would also like to thank WM Cadenhead for the excellent price on this tremendously inviting, delicious, and characterful bottling. Well matured, and well done. Merry Christmas.)

18th October 2018

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