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Dailuaine 1980/1997 'Cask Strength Series'

(63.0%, OB, Bottle Number 01592, Limited Bottling)
Average Score: 91
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryDailuaine
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameDailuaine
Year Distilled1980
Year Bottled1997
Bottling NameCask Strength Series
Alcohol By Volume63.0%
Other DetailsBottle Number 01592, Limited Bottling
Issued1997
Average Score91


Maniac Ratings
Craig Daniels91


Tasting Notes
Craig DanielsBig sherry, lots of toffee, chocolate (fitting for Easter) and dried fruits, (raisins, prunes and pears). Some ethereal alcohol and some polished wood. Rum and raisin on the palate, sweet fruit leather and more chocolate in the finish. Varnish and old furniture is the after taste. I normally don't like malts above about 57% abv but this is exceptional. I agree with the tasting notes on the label (which is rare). Maybe they didn't need the marketing tweak to 'sell' great whisky in 1997, or because it wasn't a 'core brand'. Still brilliant after 20 years. First tasted in 1998 (twice)and third time in 2017. No OBE obvious. No disintegration or breaking issues with the cork either.