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The Dalmore 15 year old was first launched in 2007. Matured in Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso Sherry casks, it proffers all those winter spice, orange zest and chocolate notes characteristic of Dalmore.
Nose: A chocolate orange. Potpourri, perfumed. Fruitcake, Sherry.
Palate: Medium, lovely delivery. Zesty orange, Curaçao, chocolate. Winter spice, stem ginger in syrup. Hints of anise and a little hickory.
Finish: Malty barley and smoky espresso.
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My wife and I tried this one. She is not a big Scotch drinker, but instantly picked up on the sweetness of it. Had a very nice finish too, with to me a citrusy taste. We both liked this one.
14th December 2016
We do a fair bit of tasting, but are from being any sort of experts, we just knew what we like. This is one that we sampled at Christmas 2015 amongst others and it turned out to be our favourite of the night. We just sampled another 7 tonight and the Dalmore once again came out on top of the lot we tried, the others varying from £40-80 a bottle. Shame to read that there have been bad batches, but I'd give it a chance and will be buying a bottle soon, it'll sit very nicely in the collection and have a place of its own.
3rd September 2016
Hats off to the guys at Dalmore, prob the best 15yo for the money!
19th August 2016
I will not shy away from saying that I am a novice reviewer and that my entry into the world of whisky appreciation has only just begun, yet this is such a delightful drop that I wanted to convey my thoughts. I started some months ago, aided and abetted by my wife, into a whisky journey; starting with simple single malts of tender years and working our way outwards to singles of greater years. A simple plan born out of an attempt to train our palettes and appreciation first, before moving on to the more complex territory of blended malts and even older years! The Dalmore found its way to my door following a 12 year old Auchentoshan (triple distilled) and, despite my fondness for the smoothness and depth of the former, the Dalmore was something else altogether; the Auchentoshan almost felt thin by comparison, such is the richness and fruit-packed nature of this perfectly balanced whisky. Not overly sweet, it has a pure vanilla and honey fragrance, backed up with cherry, cinnamon, sticky marmalade and the faintest of smoke finishes that is absolutely superb! Smooth, yet characterful, complex yet rounded, this is something I will look forward to drinking again and would recommend that you seek it out....now to track down a bottle of Dalmore's King Alexander III!
28th July 2016
Well, for the age and money, probably one of my first choices out of any whiskey on the market, also one of my first choices out of the Dalmore range! Expect quality and rich wonderful flavors such as Christmas-cake, raisins, dark cherries, cinnamon and nutmeg. The smell is easy, because it smells like Christmas, YUM! If your new to this whiskey and don't like it, well you wont like whiskey at all, so dont bother writing a review! Dalmore it worth every penny, this particular one beats a lot of 18 year old whiskies in every shape and form. Dalmore never really fluctuates in flavor as it is something I can rely on as a mouthwatering whiskey, ooh yeah, fifth bottle in!
Apparently, judging by the negative reviews? I am lucky to have bought one of a good batch.Holy crap this is amazing. Got introduced to the Dalmore with the 12 and reading about the 15 got me intrigued. And I am very glad I bought this bottle today.
25th May 2016
I've had a couple of bottles of this over the last couple of years and actually ranked it as my favourite whisky with its sweet caramel flavour and it's smooth finish. However, I received a bottle this Christmas as a present and it is bad! The sweetness has all but disappeared along with the smoothness. This batch should have been rebranded as something else as it certainly isn't the Dalmore 15 I have come to know and love. The problem now is, do I ever buy a bottle of this again (at £50-£60 a bottle) if there is a chance it's going to be the same as this!
9th April 2016
Good taste, very smooth,chocolate taste, goes very well with Indian spicy food.
20th March 2016
After seeing how hit and miss this dram appears to be with the audience (must be quality control?) on here I was glad to find I must have got a good batch!Red apple and ginger with maybe a hint of treacle in there somewhereSmooth finish with a peppery hit
6th February 2016
Received as a gift and think it one of the best malts I have tasted.If I could afford to I would drink it all the time. Very smooth and no after burn like some malts most enjoyable.
6th January 2016
Bought a bottle from DFS after reading rave reviews on this sherry monster. However, like some other folks here, the bottling I have is just horrible. I agree with "caramel flavoured fire water". No complexity and a touch of sweetness. Caramel on the nose. Then the alcohol burn.I don't know what to do with the rest of the bottle :(
5th January 2016
First time trying this. Decent start with sweet sherry but lacking in a robust after-taste. Will use this as a starter if in aa drinking a chain of other whiskies. Recommended for light-tasting cuisines like Chinese but not on its own.
1st January 2016
I always add a touch of water to my whiskey, The Dalmore lends itself to this. I found it smooth to the tongue with a peppery finish. I especially enjoyed holding it in my mouth and allowing the flavors to build. As for the price, I think all scotch whiskey is over priced but that is life.
17th December 2015
I have had Dalmore 15 a few times, sometimes it is awesome and then the next bottle is meh. I really wish I knew how to pick the good bottle ahead of time.This bottle was great! First sniff, "ooh, is that some butterscotch?" a bit of resin, but a good round nose. Add a drop of water and the umami comes right out, doubling down on that butterscotch. It was great! I almost want to ask if there is a chance the wrong scotch was put into the dram bottle.With a sipping it some nice honey/butterscotch notes, a good orange tartness, and it filled the mouth with a great, round, warm feeling.Aftertaste was good too, left me with just the right amount of happiness, and the saltiness I attributed to the butterscotch flavor lingers.Well done! If it was consistently like this, I would buy a bottle! And then worry about drinking it too fast.Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.
7th December 2015
This was the first dram of the Advent Calendar we just received as a Christmas gift. A fine way to start 24 tastings. I never understand reviews that talk about this flavor or that flavor. I just know what I like and I liked this Dalmore expression very much. I've had Dalmore before and this is a worthy addition to those I've tasted earlier.
6th December 2015
I guess I got lucky judging by the posts complaining about quality issues.This was absolutely brilliant. Very smooth. Very nice. I could drink it all year long.
Very nice, mellow, nice nose,Easy to drink.
First, let me say I'm a relative newbie, trying to learn about Scotch. My tastes are developing and not sophisticated. My favorites to date are Glenmorrangie Quinta Ruban and Glendronach Parliament 21 so you know my flavor bias. I put together a non peaty Advent Calendar to try new things, and this Dalmore 15 is Day One. I've always admired the bottles with their silver stag ornament. Romantic. I was heartened by the smell, which was warm and toffee ish but with a hint of fire in the back. The taste however was sharp, acrid and very much in contrast to the nose. Burnt going down. Next added a few drops of water which made the initial taste smoother and more palatable but then it turned into something kind of like acidic vegetables, and still burned like crazy when I swallowed. Not for me. From some of the other comments it seems possible that this label might be inconsistent. I may give it a try again. But not eagerly.
2nd December 2015
I confirm what previous reviewers are saying: something has gone very wrong with this whisky.
23rd October 2015
The mixed reviews here are understandable once you've opened and then had 3-4 drams over a period. I was bought a bottle as a present and the nose is very inviting, lots of toffee and chocolate/orange with a sherry backdrop. The problem is the palate and lasting taste which is not smooth, leaving a taste of wood and alcohol. After 3-4 attempts I have found it much smoother and pleasant mixed with tepid water, leaving less of a burnt taste (wood /coffee).
26th August 2015
Got a bottle of this from Duty Free hoping for a decent sip - after which I don't know what to do with the rest of the litre. There's some taste of bad wood and very stinging alcohol, and that's the end of it.Nowadays I may take a sip of this, just a few tiny drops, then move on to some proper drink and behold, instantly you tell how good the other one is. The magic works every time, even for cheap blends like the red label.
24th August 2015
Just opened another bottle of this stuff - and it's definitely not the same as I had a month ago.So I agree with other unlucky guys here. There's definitely something wrong with quality control.
6th August 2015
Bought this bottle several months back and brought with me on vacation. Caramel-flavored firewater nails it. Given the positive reviews I've read on this Scotch, I was excited. Now after opening I am quite disappointed. No complexity, just an alcohol burn. Does this distillery have quality control issues? I believe those who rated this highly, I just do not think those folks tasted what I just opened
5th August 2015
I had some of this at a tasting a couple of years ago, and it was by far the best of the whiskies I tasted. The bottle I've just had delivered is definitely not the same stuff. I think the best description I can come up with is "caramel-flavoured firewater". It's tedious, slightly sweetened, one-dimensional. There's little on the nose, and the palate gives you nothing but a lingering sense of ethyl alcohol. I'm very disappointed, and I suspect that there's either some major quality control issues, or somewhere along the line, there's been some shenanigans.
18th July 2015
Unique. Has a slightly cloying flavor - I guess it's the orange chocolate) I'm not crazy for but it's deep, complex, rich, and obviously well-made. A little seaweed saltiness would help balance the orange - chocolate and sweetness for me. Close to being one of the best ever in my book.
11th July 2015
I am usually a Peaty filled whiskey lover. Laph or Lag any day. But knowing what to expect before trying this marvel, made for a wonderful experience. Nose: I could keep it in the glass all day. One of more pleasant to breathe in. It has such a smooth feel and end. Compared to others that are of the same family, this is very hard to beat. Wonderful.
15th June 2015
I have met a few from the Dalmore family and this one has not let me down. Let it breath a while for it to deliver its full aroma. The taste is not overly complex and really opens up with a splash of water. Does not beat the 18 year old but comes close. I was quite pleased with this reasonably priced single malt.
7th April 2015
Overpriced, overhyped. Maybe I hit a bad batch? Who knows. Would definitely benefit from higher abv and no chill filtering. Got most of the classic Dalmore notes - oranges, chocolate, leather, oak, ash. All very flat though, finish is just leather, ash and a nasty burn. I'd be pissed off at paying £25 for this. I payed £44.
3rd March 2015
Definitely a poperi smell, sherry presence, malted barley, X-Mas Fruit Cake, Orange body, lemon cough drops. Smooth finish. Light dryness. Enjoyed more than the King Alexander III but still favor Dalmore 18yr.
28th February 2015
The nose is very unique, and very pleasant. I spent a few minutes nosing the glass and thought for sure I was in for a great whisky experience - until I took a drink. The palate flattens out and does not follow up well with the nose, and really lacked the distinct, original flavour that the nose hinted at. Not terrible, but very disappointing. Nice warming finish though. If I had paid $60-70 for this bottle, I would have been okay with it. But for the $114 (BC Liquor Stores in Canada) I feel it is very over priced.
31st December 2014
Ahhh Dalmore, always a favorite after previously trying the 12 and 18 year old versions, but can the 15 year old live up to this high standards?Nose - Soft with chocolate hints, smells very inviting indeed!Taste - Rich, strong flavour with the orange/fruit hints which is expected from the Dalmore range. With a smooth, yet warming finish which lingers a little.Overall very nice and delicious as expected from the Dalmore family, it's one of those which gives you what you expect - a very nice whisky with a rich and smooth taste. Very hard to beat for what it costs.
8th December 2014
Right on the nose
not fantastic straight out of the bottle but it opens up after a while to really reveal that fullbodied winter spicy taste. The taste ends a little to quickly though... so one needs to keep sipping :)
Nose: Toffee, Vanilla, Orange, Cocoa powder, Floral notes, Some smoke and notes of Cream Sherry.Palate: Viscous and chewy on the palate with notes of burnt toffee and Mandarins, Cream Sherry and hints of smoke.Finish: A Long Finish with notes of spiced orange, Malt and almonds.
Another Christmassy choice for the advent calendar. Heavily orange nose with a little oak. Spicy start with cloves and allspice that turns floral with more air. Orange flavours dominate, but a touch of water brings out some smoke and toastiness. It's a very smooth whisky - not very challenging perhaps, but easy-going and pleasing enough.
I have not tried this before 2008, but I do enjoy the "new" one. i get a lot of red apples and ginger. Nice sherry and spice notes and a drying finish. Really want the Cigar Malt now! CM
1st December 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
High-grade scotch, very smooth yet flavorful. Sweet and savory with lots of interesting features. Highly recommended for a relaxing night!
24th September 2014
Simply delicious. The notes of chocolate orange and a subtle hint of winter spice are clearly present.
22nd August 2014
I was lucky enought to be given a glass of this whiskey last night, and it was a real treat. I found the aroma to be quite spicey, though not overly so (despite my heavy cold). On the palette I loved the ginger that came through. Something to savour, but not for too long as it can take over. Taste it right and it does give just enough warmth. The finish, though short, was pleasant. It didn't giveme that pleasant 'warm me through on a freezing cold night' feeling, but I was at least a warming hug. I enjoyed the complexity of this whiskey. It kept me interested for the evening. It was easy to drink, and great to share.
2nd August 2014
Great for relaxing with a friend and forgetting your troubles. This is a beautiful whisky to lift your mood and give you a warm glow. I love it!
3rd May 2014
I'm getting a touch of maple syrup on the left nostril here...
17th January 2014
I'm fairly new to Whisky, only been drinking it for about 18 months, and have gotten to try a fair few as I tend to try something new with each purchase. I don't get all the 'subtle notes of this and that' but it's just a delicious, deep and articulate. I have only tried a handful of 15yr Singles, but this is by far my favourite so far and I think this will be my go-to whisky from now on. Got a bottle in the post after a sample came a few weeks ago, will enjoy mine tonight!
The 12 yr old version of The Dalmore might appear to beat this one straight out of the gate, but give it a few minutes and you'll observe the tightly packed rich flavours & scents begin to peel out gently and assault your mouth with a fullness and great taste that ends quickly. Making you take successive sips to rekindle the moments. Needless to say I finished my suppliers stock of this and the 12yr old.
13th January 2014
I have tasted a bottle of Dalmore whiskey & I loved it
3rd January 2014
Scent of a Woman. Like their perfume it needs respect and time to savour. What a creamy,fantastic,sweet,complex DRAM. My friends this is what Scotch Whisky is all about.Ed Victoria BC
6th December 2013
Let me give some advice without being an elitist. If you don't understand or you're a little illiterate in nosing or even appreciating what scotch is all about, don't review a product base on your taste bud that is train for BELL or a cheap bottle of bourbon. I am NO expert but what one thing Learned about life is to appreciate and respect the things that other people love. So do all of us a favour go review the products that you like with RESPECT and a little bit of intelligence OK. NOW get out of the room!!!Ed Victoria BC
Let me give some advice without being an elitist. If you don't understand or you're a little illiterate in nosing or even appreciating what scotch is all about, don't review a product base on your taste bud that is train for BELL or a cheap bottle of bourbon. I am NO expert but what one thing Learned about life is to appreciate and respect the things that other people love. So do all of us a favour go review the products that you like with RESPECT and a little bit of intelligence OK. NOW get out of the room!!!
Nice dram, sweet and with zests of orange. As others have said, sweet smell and smooth taste, but no finish. Calling it a beginners malt sounds slightly patronising but I do agree with this theory
3rd December 2013
Scent of a Woman. Like their perfume it needs respect and time to savour. What a creamy,fantastic,sweet,complex DRAM. My friends this is what Scotch Whisky is all about.
25th November 2013
very nice whiskey and I very rarely drink. loved bottle design. kids wanted the silver stag on bottle but broke it getting it off!
8th November 2013
Nice nose, nice original taste and then nothing. Great beginner dram.
19th October 2013
Friend of mine had brought this Dalmore from Germany we five of us had the drink for the first time, it is smooth and enjoyed till the last drop. we recommend this one and shall have it next time.
27th September 2013
Aroma: raisins, oak, orange liqueur.Palate: nuts, chocolate, spices. Orange peel and cinnamon. Finish: wood, oranges with spices. Bit chalk and chocolate.Comments: pleasant, drinkable, but lacks power (cause of strength?), not for my taste.
25th September 2013
I have tasted a lot of single malt whiskies, on my way back from holland I decided to buy this Dalmore 15, and what a buy one of the nicest single malts I have tasted. Surely I recommend this one.
31st August 2013
Friend of mine bought it for me for a gift. Knew I was a bourbon only drinker. So good I was shocked. Can't keep it in the house-all my friends develop excuses to come over so they can drink it.Very smooth, minimal peat, great finish. Plays well in a crowd-no one I know has turned it down
6th August 2013
I'm a Laphroaig single malt drinker and am used to a heavily peated scotch. My experience with the Dalmore was then surprising as the flavour was not as intense, but the smooth, clean and easy finish made this a very pleasant drop. Enjoyed next to a log fire outdoors in winter
21st July 2013
Nice orange taste smooth and mellow aftertaste, still find it hard to beat this dram
4th May 2013
My number 1, picked this on up on a whim on my way back from Abu dubai after area bottles of jacks silver select and chivas regals.Simply outstanding, a nice medium finish with notes of orange and choclate, only problem is its to nice ! 3rd bottle in 9 months ! Poor wallet but very happy nose and pallet ! Better than the king Alexander III IMO !
1st May 2013
I must say that $70 for this bottle is much cheaper than I've seen it priced elsewhere. However, I was quite disappointed by the Dalmore 15. It tastes like swill to me. The caramel flavoring agent is overpowering and the scotch is two dimensional and disappointing.
5th March 2013
First delving into Dalmore and can't get enough of this flavorful Scotch. Chocalately, fruity and bursting with flavor. Awesome nose and wonderful finish. Grab a bottle. I'm off to check out the other expressions soon.
6th February 2013
I have tasted Dalmore 15 for the first time, and I am not a scotch drinkerbut this is some good shit!!! I love it!!
2nd January 2013
I bought a bottle of this for Christmas and am very very pleased! Extremely smooth, nice velvet feel in the mouth with a very pleasent after taste.
27th December 2012
This bottle played excellently to a crowd with a pallet running from Kentucky burbon only drinkers to the most choosy of scotch drinkers. Something, not easily accomplished.
26th November 2012
A firm favourite of mine. You just want to roll it around in your mouth and savour all the little tastes that steadily reveal themselvesA beautifully velvety balanced and enjoyable drink!
24th November 2012
16th October 2012
I'm not a scotch drinker, yet I decided to explore my pallet this holiday season,actually the only time I have tried it was the day we buried my Father 12 years ago...so in honor of Him I will try the Delmore 15,he would probably prefer the King Alexander, but I will start here!
15th November 2011
teachers and office workers stick to teachers or bells or if you feel like splashing out buy a bottle of grouse prrrrrrrp!
3rd November 2011
Love this dram, tried it for the first time last summer and was blown away with the deep dark chocolate taste and burstly with winter spice. This malt is one of my favorites from the last 12 months. Well done Dalmore...NicolaWhiskyBoys
15th March 2011
I initially bought this as it just looked really delicious and it is. I usually go for the smoky peaty styles but bought this as a change. It's very smooth and for a change i noticed some of the flavours mentioned in the tasting notes. Well worth a try.
13th December 2010
6th December 2010
It´s good whisky I drink a bottle per month I recommend.
6th August 2010
Some malts are made to sip over a long period and this is one of them. A nose of Orange & Sherry leads to a syrupy taste which lingers most pleasantly. Dalmore consistently provides quality malts.
15th December 2009
I don't understand why this bottle has a stag on it? The contents do not taste like stag at all! I bought this really under false pretences it tastes just like a whisky. It is not a good drink for teachers or office workers.
29th November 2009