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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.
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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Show me a whisky which isn't improved by being cask strength and I'll show you a poor whisky! This is crying out for a few more points of ABV but, having said that, it's still a VERY decent scotch. If you can afford it, grab the King Alexander - mindblowingly good.
5th March 2017
smells nothing. needs 5 more abv.peppery and that's all, tastes nothing.pure marketing, just beautiful bottle
21st February 2017
I think the one problem with this is that it is only 40% abv. I don't recall every having another heavily sherried malt that was less than 43%. Glendronach 12, Edradour 10, Glenfarclas 12 and Tamdhu 10 all come to mind. They are all slightly better and about $10 cheaper in the NYC/Long Island area. This has a unique taste heavy on the orange marmalade. Would be great stuff at 43% with more body. I should think the older expressions would be great but I'm really not into spending that much money after having this
3rd February 2017
Ok, so right off the bat, I have to say it's not the masculine Isley that punches you in the mouth at first swill, but that's not what I want when I just get home from work. The sexiness is in its sweetness and it's like the familiar kiss of a spouse after a hard day at the office. And that's exactly what some of us need.
5th January 2017
31st December 2016
A perfectly good dram that has some crepe and cappuccino in the nose, a bit of peat on palate with some of the pastry from the nose, then finishing with some spice to it. A nice inoffensive entry level dram.
9th December 2016
Not offensive, but lacks conviction, vigor, strength. Seems to be a whiskey formulated to be pleasant for everyone , but with no particular destination. Opposite of a whiskey that makes a statement and creates a lasting impression.
8th December 2016
I own already the cigar malt and the 15 year and now got to taste the 12 year in the MoM advent calendar. Despite the not so enthusiastic reviews below I was pleasantly surprised. It is true that it is not overly complex and doesn't have too long of a finish. Well, it's a 12 year one. But it has a nice rounded profile with a smooth, creamy sweetness which makes it a good companion to your every day cigar.
7th December 2016
The nose is nice. When you let it stand without swirling you can clearly smell the coffee otherwise it is a rather classic cherry smell but promising. The beginning of the palate is nice without being crazy (but I would say in line with you would expect from a 12 yo single malt) but then the alcohol arises. I don't mind (at all) a strong drink, I'm actually a fan of the cask strenght versions but here the alcohol doesn't enhance or empower the taste but on the contrary clash with it. It is what is dominant for the finish un untasty burn... it's far from being discussing but the finish is disappointing.
Tasted blind.Initially intense both on the nose and the palate, but quickly falls apart in the short and almost lean finish. Heavy on the sherry, with an orange-heavy citrus character that reminded me of PX. That aside, dark honey and some just-perceptible floral notes. No appreciable aftertaste.Conclusion: totally forgettable, but a good one to warm up the palate for something better to come.
3rd December 2016
En ganska tjock/oljig doft. Toffifee finns där, margarin, rostade mandlar, nötter, sherry och en lätt doft av egenpressad apelsin/fruktjuice. Något spritig i smaken men efter en liten skvätt vatten försvinner den nästintill helt. Mild, sherry, träig, ljus choklad, sälta och en god kryddighet. Minst en hundring för dyr tyvärr.
20th November 2016
all you need is a drop of water and this whisky is just fine.. but yeah it's kinda overpriced!
Orange zest, espresso oils. It's not bad at all. I like the color. It smells really good. Smooth dram. A tiny bit medicinal, which is not for me. However there is a lot of aroma and a neat combination of flavors, i'd like to taste a more aged version of this to see if these flavors overpower the alcohol a bit more. It's not bad at all.
7th November 2016
Can't believe I actually bought it... what a huge disappointment. My friends did warn me about its poor quality and ridiculous price but I did not listen. It tastes like sweetened ink with almost no finish. I really wish they could refund my money.
20th October 2016
It's a cheap-tasting whisky with a premium visual presentation.
Over-colored and lifeless... this is by far the worst whisky I've ever tasted. Shame on you Dalmore.
9th October 2016
Thinking man's whisky. Fading autumnal light in late November with duck and geese flying in formation. Old friends. Old memories. Thick Persian rug under your feet and aged, seasoned wood glowing in the fireplace. Flickering candles.
24th May 2016
In terms of 12 yrs this is one of the best and its taste is fabulous, I specifically feels it has dark chocolate and bitter cocoa notes that i didn't find in any 12 yrs, and having a sherry cask finish makes it more subtle and medium to long finish. Value or money.
21st May 2016
This is quite mild for such a dark colored scotch of 12 years. while not being a bad malt after nosing and initial taste the after taste it left me with was not pleasant. This was after a visit to the distillery where it is made and that was a very strange place. it is possibly the dingiest distillery i have visited but that maybe due to it location battling with the elements of the beautiful Cromerty firth. I always love the smell that hits your when you visit the storage warehouses but i was hit with nothing but mildew and damp with a wiff of seagull poop. The delightful angels share was being wasted on sea birds only. maybe that was the after taste i found..
29th April 2016
Delightful nose, uncomplicated palate, citrus finish. Could use a bit more edge.
20th April 2016
I would give Dalmore 12 a better note if it wasn't 55€ in France. Clearly overpriced by a fair margin (consider buying it if you can have it for 35€ max).Very classic sherry. Sherry nose, sherry mouth (with a huge note of peanut for me). The finish is sherry too.Classic but nothing to write home about at the same time. Had it for more than the glendronach 12. The latter is infinitely superior to Dalmore 12.
12th April 2016
Very interesting scotch whisky. Allow it to set untouched for a few minutes and caramel notes with a hint of coffee take presidence. Afterwards swirl the Dalmore 12 and notes of whiskey are superior. A fun surprise!
10th April 2016
Very promising presentation. Bottle is a nice blend of modern and rustic, color is amazing (artificially -1 star). Very light start, almost as if I was drinking it with ice and they melted before my first sip. I got hints of a maple syrup and bitter chocolate blend. Quite easy and nice on the palate. A subtle, but warm burn. Really not terrible, but tastes very watered down (-1 star). If you are looking for a light, shallow, easy drinking scotch, I think this qualifies, but don't expect too much character.
31st March 2016
With a bit more time and some oxidation, this whisky has opened up with blood oranges being at the forefront of the nose and chocolate, toffeee, and deep down coffee. The palate is still light, with no flavors truly jumping out at me. The barley is what sticks out the most to me. All in all, nothing too impressive. It is a refreshing dram, and one that would be a nice before dinner drink. But not something that I would go out of my way to buy.
23rd March 2016
Monstrous coffee, honey and butterscotch quickly evolves to an ever-so-brief Grand Marnier orange and then onto, and ending with , a malty, woodsy note. Very nice indeed at $43.
21st March 2016
As far as Scotches go this is not one for me. Very heavy with the sherry, and leaves a not so good after taste in your mouth. The nose is very orange
17th March 2016
Great Scotch for the price. Not as great as other Dalmore or other options. But a great nose and a great color. Orange finish is also very well liked.
14th March 2016
Got this in the states and boy am I sorry I purchased it. Has a weird taste and smell of raw burnt wood along with nail polish. Put these things together and you have an overpriced bottle of crap in my opinion. Like one reviewer said, save your money.
11th March 2016
But certainly NOT the best.Please Dalmore. You have the quality. Why continuing chill-filter and caramel colouring?Your whisky deserves better!Sorry if my English wasn't corect - I'm from DenmarkCheersThe Danish Clansman
13th February 2016
Wasn't too impressed the first time I tried it, but then a day or two later you find yourself thinking about it. Really needs a few drops of water to open up in my opinion. I've started noticing a bit of hot maple syrup to the nose on my last dram and it's really quite enjoyable. Won't hit you over the head, take some time to really dive into it.
12th January 2016
In terms of value for money, this is my number 1. I get bitter, dark chocolate, a touch of coffee and a touch of tangy orange, with notes of vanilla and walnut. Smooth, deep, long and complex.The Dalmore 18 is my absolute favourite (in fact, I'm going to have one, now) but the 12 began my Dalmore love in.
7th January 2016
Not a better scotch for the price.
3rd January 2016
Got as a present. Enjoyed greatly. Lots of strong Vanilla notes and enjoyed with a Partagas #4.
21st December 2015
Simply great for this price
17th December 2015
Definitely not complex, it is what it is - an easy going warm sherry and nut hug of a dram. Slightly too expensive for a 12, but a welcome addition to my whiskey cupboard nevertheless. Would give it 3.5 stars but can't so I'll round up rather than down.
6th December 2015
My favourite 12yo by far. Great sherry cask and verry tasty for such a young one. Splendid
26th November 2015
I really wanted to like this malt, and the rich amber plus 3 color of the whiskey advertises what should be a robust and complex flavor. The tasting notes however were a major let down. The Dalmore (at this age mark) lacks the complexity and richness of flavor you would expect from a 12 year old and especially one at this price point. I absolutely agree that this malt tastes a bit diluted, and I feel certain there is a great deal of caramel e-150 additive in this spirit. At this price point, old pultney provides a much better (and cheaper) highland option.
23rd October 2015
Hard on palate
11th October 2015
Its kind of expensive for this "entry level" standard. I was expecting a bit more. Not too complex and slightly watered down. Lovely colour that's completely fake. Its a totally decent mass produced industrial whisky
28th September 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
color: deep ambernose: dried fruit (raisins). A small drop of water allows it to open up with a bit more fruitinesspalate: 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
10th February 2015
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
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
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
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
Received as Christmas gift & am throughly enjoying it!!!
25th December 2014
Сильно переоценен. Виски хороший, но никаких индивидуальных особенностей нет
21st December 2014
my favourite whisky in this price range,good solid flavours, pleasing on the pallet
19th December 2014
a very soft whisky. fantastic
15th December 2014
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
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
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
-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 changed....in my opinion in the wrong direction-Why mess with success?
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 simple...no complexity to find here. The blend Black Grouse has more going for it than the Dalmore 12 year old.
3rd August 2014
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
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
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
That soaked wood taste stands out for me. Not a top pick but a nice change.
10th March 2014
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
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
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
you guys can all suck my balls. this dram is the best for its price
10th January 2014
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
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
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
10th October 2013
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
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
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
The taste just like a very simple malt whisky without surprise.Always feel bitter when swallowing.
30th July 2013
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
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
This one is my old time favorite whisky. Tried many different kinds.
7th April 2013
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
As stated it is ok!
12th January 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
8th April 2011
Excellent whiskey, definite notes of marmalade and a touch of sweetness. one of my favourites
28th February 2011
The rating for the Scotch should be higher on previous statement
15th November 2010
Love the Scotch, it does have a orange taste on the finish but the sherry and vanilla notes are also prominate. A beautiful blend.
james bruce recommended this to me and im forever grateful
24th May 2010
wonderful after kick rounds of the night perfectly.broomhead
really dissapointed read great reviews but massive let down
17th May 2010
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
ACTUALLY, I don't like orange taste,but I think it's a glorious whisky
14th April 2010
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
Tastes like chocolate oranges, also nutty, peels, some sherry. Love it!
10th November 2009