On Friday I had a review of a 9 yo Dailuaine from a sherry butt, bottled by the SMWS. Today I have another sherried Dailuaine. A bit older at 12 years of age, this one was bottled by Douglas Laing in their Old Particular series for K&L. This is one of the very last reviews I have left outstanding from my bottle splits of K&L’s 2019 exclusives. I’m hoping it will turn out to be one of the better ones. I’ve liked some of the others but the most recent one I reviewed—the Bunnahabhain 30—left me a little cold. Hopefully this and the Glenburgie 21—which is the only other one I haven’t gotten to yet—will take this series to a solid conclusion.
Dailuaine 12, 2007 (57.6%; Old Particular for K&L; sherry butt; from a bottle split)
Nose: Quite similar to the SMWS 9 yo off the top; a siimilar mix of orange peel, raisins, metallic notes—a bit more malt here. As with the SMWS, theres salt here too as it sits; the malt expands too. Not much change at first with a few drops of water: salt is still the top note. As it sits again it gets a little richer with toffee and just a hint of tobacco.
Palate: As promised by the nose but with a lot of salt arriving as I swallow; not much sign of oak. Very approachable at full strength though there’s a bit of a bite. As it sits the malt picks up some powdered ginger. A similar story as on the nose with water: softer and richer with more malt and some toffee.
Finish: Medium-long. Just the faintest bit of sherry separation here but nothing to get too worked up about. The sherry separation thing is fixed by water and it gets softer and sweeter.
Comments: I have very little to say about this that I didn’t say about the 9 yo. This is a little richer than the younger one but not so very distinctive either. But, like the other, it’s solid young sherried whisky all the same. Not an overpowering sherry bomb: no big fruit and no oak grip; instead it’s the drier, saltier aspect of sherry that is in the lead. I liked it a little bit more than the SMWS cask. And I liked it better with water.
Rating: 87 points.