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Dalmore 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40.0%)
Dalmore 12 Year Old

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Dalmore 12 Bottling Note

Launched in late 2008 to replace the previous 12 year old, this single malt from the Dalmore distillery is a toasty, coffee-rich dram with beautifully spice notes and a thick mouthfeel. Very rich for a 12 year old.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A warm coffee house in Seattle; roasting beans, the oily nuttiness in a fine espresso, there are little notes of malt and cereal and butter from the pastry counter with rich orange from the fruit bowl on the counter.

Palate: Notes of Seville marmalade and triple sec with winter spices and fruitcake. Zesty cocoa and milk chocolate.

Finish: Medium, oranges.

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    User Reviews of the Dalmore 12 Year Old


    I got this as a present. Nice bottle and dark colour creates expectations. Disappointment! Very dull with no depth. Agree it's a bit the watery. Keep away from this one. There are lot better ones in this price range.

    20th August 2015


    Heavy on the sherry and not that complex.

    27th June 2015

    Professor Dovaston

    Delightful with a cigar, and a Schubert serenade

    26th June 2015


    This whisky tasted quite watered down to me. I've poured a few glasses neat and its remarkable how it really does taste like at least 2 tsp of water was added. The nose is pretty nice, with chocolate and marshmallow very prominent. The taste is somewhat bland with much more to be desired. I agree that this has been over processed and could definitely use less coloring (its darker at 12 years old than most whisky that's 25 years old)

    I bought this about a year ago and it's still sitting around about 2/3 full. I don't really desire drinking it but I may in the future, who knows

    25th June 2015

    Good, But Could Be Better

    This malt is amazing! I can tell that it is despite it's presentation. I appreciate the concept of a fancy bottle and all but it's so weirdly brown and weirdly thin to my palette. I would happily pay the same amount of money for it with a less dramatic bottle (I have no idea if this affects the price point, in their defense), no chill filtering, higher percentage, and a bit less of the brown coloring (maybe a brown bottle?). That's how good it is!

    9th June 2015


    Nothing to make this one stand out for me.

    31st May 2015

    Bang for your buck

    I have tried a variety of single malt scotches. The Dalmore 12 is by far the most complex and overall great whisky at this age and at this price range. Strongly recommend this whisky to anyone looking to try other single malts.

    22nd May 2015

    Caramel Colored Monster

    Chill filtered to oblivion and chock full of caramel coloring. Not offensive but very little complexity due to the heavy processing. This would probably be great if Whyte and Mackay kicked up the proof and did away with the coloring and chill filtering (same with Jura). Good malt for the beginner or causual malt drinker who prefers whisky on ice - boring for the experienced malt enthusiast.

    20th April 2015

    Price point and flavor

    ive gad drams from here to scotland, and this is as close as youll get to a 25 year anyday for this price, the nose smells of a warm book leather, and has tastes of leather and candied fruit, finishes just as stated coffee and chocolate, sad part the finish is short, but wow smooth and wonderfull your not going to find better at this price

    19th March 2015

    Easygoing and pleasant

    color: deep amber
    nose: dried fruit (raisins). A small drop of water allows it to open up with a bit more fruitiness
    palate: gentle delivery, soft sherry and vanilla notes.
    finish: clean, gentle sherry.

    A nice after dinner dram. This is good but might be outstanding at a higher ABV.

    20th February 2015

    Give me Dal more


    10th February 2015

    Soft and Simple

    Great go-to digestif; subtle flavors and a smooth finish. Don't bother with the rocks. If you are looking to impress someone by drinking your scotch neat, this one is for you.

    5th February 2015

    Great with Cigar

    Tried it with a flight of single malts. McCallan 18yr and Glenlivet 18 yr.
    The Dalmore 15 year was far better. Went to Total Wine and purchased 12 year as they were out of 15. Don't know about all the flavors you mention above but it's my "go to" scotch now.

    28th January 2015

    Total fail

    I was disappointed in this I felt like it lacked a ton of complexity and is simple a scotch that is wasted on the experience drinker there are better bottles at cheaper price points . do yourself a favor and don't buy it

    10th January 2015

    buy again

    After a 20 minutes of resting and a great cigar just lit I took my first sip smooth with a sweet finish a gentle warmth and I was hooked in. To say the least I enjoyed this dram very much although not my favorite but a second buy absolutely a must try.

    28th December 2014

    Dalmore Scotch Whiskey

    Received as Christmas gift & am throughly enjoying it!!!

    25th December 2014

    Евгений Украина - на мой взгляд сильно переоценьон

    Сильно переоценен. Виски хороший, но никаких индивидуальных особенностей нет

    21st December 2014

    Favourite whisky

    my favourite whisky in this price range,
    good solid flavours, pleasing on the pallet

    19th December 2014

    dalmore 12 year old

    a very soft whisky. fantastic

    15th December 2014

    Raisins and Bitter Chocolate

    The raisins kept coming through for me on the nose. As someone mentioned before, the promise of sweetness didn't come through on the palate as the nose had promised. Prefer a little more warmth in the finish, but the aftertaste of fruits and black coffee is quite pleasant...
    Definitely needs no water.

    9th December 2014

    Decent entry level

    For an entry level whisky this isn't bad. It doesn't quite live up to the entry level lagavulin or ardberg but overall it's not something you'd get sick of drinking after a few drams, but likewise it won't redefine your view of whiskey. For 38 quid it isn't a waste of money and if you pick it up in duty free definetly worth the while. My personal view it's of a similar standard(not sayin they taste similar) to that of a glenfiddich 15 year

    8th December 2014

    My Favorite So Far

    Beautiful nose and taste to match. Gourmet orange-chocolate and rich espresso. So rich and decadent I almost forget there's alcohol in this stuff until my chest warms as if being wrapped in a nice warm blanket next to a cozy fire. Dalmore 12 is my kind of experience.

    27th November 2014


    This used to be one of the best whiskies in the world, but after 2008 it turned into a cheap caramel colored alcoholic beverage which is good only for windscreen washing tank. Every illegal gypsy distillery in Bulgaria produces better stuff. So mister Richard Paterson, go ahead, continue embarrassing yourself acting clown in idiotic TV shows and expect somebody to buy your crap.

    17th October 2014


    One of my favorite 12 year old schotches, like the Bottling Note says: Very rich for a 12 year old!

    24th August 2014

    what have you done !!?

    -where has the rich dark, round and fullness gone? Dalmore 12 used to be one of the greats and now seems(to the more mature palate) like just many another sherried malt....of which there are still others to be found....(or is this another gone to be hidden in the 'sales and marketing' jungle of fancy packaging to disguise less complexity in the bottle...possibly or appear as a 'fancy'(=expensive) expression further up the range?
    Disappointing to a longtime consumer...or could just be that owner/maltman's taste ha my opinion in the wrong direction-Why mess with success?

    24th August 2014


    This whisky tastes nothing like the description of the Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt. I tend to agree with the chap who title his review "Mildew and Wet Ashtrays." Oily, bland and complexity to find here. The blend Black Grouse has more going for it than the Dalmore 12 year old.

    3rd August 2014

    Like being in the kitchen at Bag End, warm, comfortable and clean.

    Nose: Like being in a warm and comforting kitchen with an open hearth. Malt and grains figure prominently at the first. Yeasty, fresh baked bread and cinnamon buns, becoming floral and sweeter as it sits and eventually exposing pineapple upside down-cake and bitter citrus.

    Palate: Not as sweet as the nose promised, but it enters clean, fresh and not syrupy. Bright chalk and minerals, evolving into a subtle darkness. Sweet pipe tobacco and cigars, rum-raisin cake, croissants, new leather and Spanish cedar. Smooth and silky.

    Finish: Like the palate, quick and very clean. From someone who prefers a lingering finish I really like how this one does it.

    I went looking for the Dalmore 15 but I decided to give the 12 a try when it was out of stock. I was not disappointed, this is a very nice whisky. I didn't get as much orange as some have described and the finish ended too quickly but I'm very satisfied at the price point.

    Summary: I am enjoying this dram immensely and am now much more looking forward to the 15, which should concentrate and draw out the finish nicely.

    10th May 2014

    Very nice indeed!

    Sour apple, pear, and citrus aromas, along with butter and sea breeze. Peppery flavor, floral, leather, with a nice punch of nuttiness during the finish. Caramel syrupy mouthfeel. Be very judicious with water, but a drop or two brings out lots of nut flavor and smooths out the finish.

    4th April 2014

    Manhattan Memories

    Tonight I made a manhattan from the last of a Dalmore 12 year old scotch that was given to my husband prior to 2008 (he passed away in September 2008). He loved manhattans, and I decided to remember him tonight by having one in his memory. I enjoyed it immensely.

    14th March 2014

    Mildew, yes, but I like it?

    That soaked wood taste stands out for me. Not a top pick but a nice change.

    10th March 2014

    Mildew and wet ash trays

    If whiskey could go off this is what it would taste like. Whilst there are some floral and nutty aromas in the background, the smell of mildew is overpowering and the after-taste instantly reminded me of a time when I was about 12 and had a swig of my dads near empty can of VB, only to discover he'd been using it as an ashtray!

    Tastes nothing like a $70 bottle of Highland Malt should taste. Don't waste your money on this one

    3rd March 2014

    It's not revolting?

    The whiskey had very complex flavors. It started of smooth and tasted almost like butter, but had a nice kick to the end. After having a bite of a pear tart and then tasting the whiskey I enjoyed it a lot more. In the end I would say that it's not revolting?

    13th February 2014


    Heart-warming, sweet and sort of a curvy-feminine sensation. Really enjoyable and special.

    6th February 2014

    Joy in a glass

    I'm now having trouble enjoying the drinking of other 12 year old Scotches after this. The scent and taste combine to make drinking this Dalmore nothing but a celebration. No ice, no mixer, no unnecessary additions. Nothing but straight from the bottle, into a glass and flowed into the senses. The bottle was over too quickly. I've had as good and even better, but not at this price and/or years.

    13th January 2014

    Get real

    you guys can all suck my balls. this dram is the best for its price

    10th January 2014

    More than I expected.

    The sweetness can be smelled on this lovely dram. Almost too sweet, but the feeling of fullness in the mouth makes up for it. Finish is way too short, though. Still, can't help but think of this as a favorite in my young scotch trying life.

    18th December 2013

    Honey honey

    Can't get the fresh honeycomb off the brain. Orange peel plays second fiddle to the bees wax. Simply Devine

    7th December 2013


    frist bottle of scotch i bought tasteless to me maybe it was just the bottle i bought very disapointed

    3rd December 2013

    Simply The Best....

    The nicest, smoothest, most flavoursome whiskey in Scotland. Unmatched.
    My World Whiskey Awards (under £45)
    In joint first we have a Scotsman, Irishman and Japanese Man......
    Mr Dalmore, Mr Green Spot and Mr. Yamazaki. Jason Breen

    1st November 2013


    just perfect...delicious

    10th October 2013

    Expected More

    Somewhat disappointed. I tried this is a hotel bar. The smell and the taste were (imo) generally not the greatest, and a bit off putting.

    Some of the reviews I'd read were very positive on this whisky, and included blind tasting from people entrenched in the whisky industry....I note the review I'd read was dated from 2005 so maybe this latest release isn't as good.

    This was on my list of bottles to buy. No longer. Off all the whiskies I've tried recently this was the least enjoyable.

    6th October 2013

    Not a bad dram but not worth the price.

    I just had a couple drams glendronach 12 and then tried this next ,I went right back to the dronach and didnt even think of having another dram of dal 12,and the dronachs 10 bucks cheaper O.O

    24th September 2013

    Everything I Was Looking for!

    My first ever whisky, and I loved it. The nutty, coffee taste with the lovely finish is perfect! A great introduction to Whisky!

    25th August 2013


    Dalmore 12 to me is very Smooth I get a nutty vanilla coffee. I Highly recommend trying it with some good quality dark chocolate, It's beautiful!

    21st August 2013


    Really enjoyed this one... with Cuban cigar with coffee flavour an this... really good combination.

    4th August 2013

    bitter at throat

    The taste just like a very simple malt whisky without surprise.
    Always feel bitter when swallowing.

    30th July 2013

    One of the best

    It blows my mind why the reviews are so low. This is one of the best i have tried.

    It's smooth, yet still a lasting taste. Top notch scotch with several aromas and a nice sweet, chocolatey finish. Will always keep one on the shelf for a celebratory occasion.

    13th July 2013

    Why, tell me why...profits, right?

    Stop chill-filtering, adding hideous brown dye and bottle at a slightly higher strength and I'll definitely buy a bottle. Until then Dalmore, wallow in your own self-conscious, pretentiousness. 'Most Expensive Malt' indeed. x

    24th June 2013


    As a great malt drinker I thought I had had the best, but this is excellent malt and I am happy to share

    23rd April 2013

    My old time favorite

    This one is my old time favorite whisky. Tried many different kinds.

    7th April 2013

    A lovely dram for an evening by the fire.

    Got given my first Dalmore 12 as a present. Wonderful citrus and sherry nose. Beautifully smooth on the palate, again with citrus and malt notes and that wonderful sherry finish. Wow, like an old friend to spend the evening with. Leigh H

    27th February 2013

    It' s ok

    As stated it is ok!

    12th January 2013

    The Best Ever??

    A beautiful, smooth dram. Gives a kick without burning out the roof of your mouth. A great present for someone who is a bit nervy about trying a single malt.

    30th December 2012

    Master of Malt Nailed The Taste Profile

    I was reading my tasting notes and just read theirs... it's dead on! I had coffee with cream, orange zest, and Christmas pudding written down. They basically nailed it in one fell swoop! Fantastically smooth, and the nose matches the taste almost identically. Nothing to hide in this one... what you see is what you get, and what you get is a pretty damned good dram!

    25th December 2012

    30th Birthday pressie from my gf's dad! Legend!

    NB. My bottle says 43%... But can't find any info on that particular bottle!
    First impression - Rich, warm, smooth and full. Definite sherry notes, roasted coffee for sure, and underlying caramel. Added some water which I felt made it lose it's body but enhanced the coffee note. Overall, this has a truly great flavour! This evening we've also tasted Tullamore DEW and Ballentine's Finest, and the Dalmore is another world.

    21st December 2012


    It's a good, not too extravagant whisky. But not super-duper. Smart drinkers buy this from

    10th December 2012

    R S F

    Easily the smoothest and tastiest single malt I've been fortunate to taste.

    29th August 2012


    I thought it was rather bland. Maybe I'm just used to laphroig but i didn't find it to be interesting or complex.

    22nd April 2012

    The Chaps ..

    Seattle? Pastry counter? Fruit bowl? While that might be evocative it is just not right, tone it down guys. This is a chill filtered and coloured dram (I have that from the distillers),but with character. It starts sweet and rolls to bitter before coming back to sweet. Loads of interest and flavours along the way. Worth the money? I think so now, but I did not at first taste.

    18th March 2012

    My first

    This was my first bottle of Scotch after drinking only Jack, Eagle Rare, etc... I am now converted. The mix of flavours in this Scotch stand out so well and mix beautifully on the pallet.

    20th December 2011


    smoothest scotch tasted so far. even my gf thinks that and she's not drinker at all.

    5th December 2011

    Worth having a bottle in the cupboard

    I tried it after reading the reviews and article in whisky magazine.
    Very tasty and mellow, an easy drink. Not overly complex but for a £30 whisky its a nice smooth unobtrusive dram. I have better whiskies in my cupboard for sure, but maybe not for this price.

    22nd November 2011


    hmmmmm, don't quite know what all the fuss is about, Old Pultney is soooooo much better, but hey, still good, ENJOY

    23rd August 2011


    Great tasting whisky

    18th August 2011

    Looks good tastes good ...


    8th April 2011

    Elliott Fahey

    Excellent whiskey, definite notes of marmalade and a touch of sweetness. one of my favourites

    28th February 2011

    Antonio Burrell

    The rating for the Scotch should be higher on previous statement

    15th November 2010

    Antonio Burrell

    Love the Scotch, it does have a orange taste on the finish but the sherry and vanilla notes are also prominate. A beautiful blend.

    15th November 2010

    james bruce

    james bruce recommended this to me and im forever grateful

    24th May 2010


    wonderful after kick rounds of the night perfectly.broomhead

    24th May 2010

    dalmore review

    really dissapointed read great reviews but massive let down

    17th May 2010

    Could be a contender for a daily dram

    What you want (well, what I want) in a daily dram is something that is easy to enjoy - this whisky is definately easy to enjoy - very smooth, semi-sweeet - My wife can even enjoy it with an added cube of ice (she is not a whisky person at all). A great Scotch for someone wanting to get into the next level beyond the standards.

    12th May 2010


    a great whisky.. I really like the orange and the looooooooooong finish!

    16th April 2010

    Orange flavour will make a imagination of sweet

    ACTUALLY, I don't like orange taste,but I think it's a glorious whisky

    14th April 2010

    Classy and Cool!

    This newer expression of the 12 yo changed from the previous one. The original 12 yo was good but obviously topped up with caramel. This one is much better without the artificial flavouring.Superb mix of orange fruit and cocoa. Slightly expensive for a distillery's basic expression but worth it.

    15th December 2009

    It's not Dawn French's, it's mine!

    Tastes like chocolate oranges, also nutty, peels, some sherry. Love it!

    10th November 2009

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