Dailuaine 2000 12 Years Old (Silver Seal)
Imagine my surprise when I realized I only ever reviewed one Dailuaine on Words of Whisky? It’s high time to change that, so I pulled a fun sample from my drawer: a Dailuaine 2000 12 Years Old from Silver Seal.
Silver Seal is an independent bottler from Italy, owned by Max Righi. He is also the man behind Whisky Antique, a shop in Formigine with the most incredible collection of old and rare whisky you’ll ever see.
Both Silver and Dailuaine have a good reputation, so I’m looking forward to trying this. Before I forget, this whisky is from a sherry cask.
Dailuaine 2000 12 Years Old (56,2%, Silver Seal, C#9201)
Nose: Fresh forest fruits. Cranberry juice and brambles, and a heavier note of cherry syrup. Lots of herbs, thyme mainly, menthol too. There’s a whiff of smoke and bandages. Slightly medicinal even. Very interesting and different.
Taste: Lots of nuts. Roasted peanuts, walnuts too. Some dark spices (pepper, clove), but also rich, red dried fruits. Again pretty herbal too. Cigar tobacco.
Finish: Slightly dry. Red fruits, nuts and fairly long.
Don’t expect an overly sherried whisky (although the sherry influence is apparent). It is a very interesting balance between the rich Dailuaine spirit and the cask. Very much to my liking.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.