Whisky Review: Dailuaine 16 Years Old Flora and Fauna

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Dailuaine Distillery

Bottling: Diageo; Flora and Fauna range

ABV: 43% ABV

Cost £43.99 previously available at Master of Malt

 

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What they say:

This 16 year old is the official release from the Dailuaine distillery in speyside and has been sherry cask matured.

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What I say:

I bought this at the Glenkinchie distillery following recommendation by one of the tour guides as her favourite out of the Flora and Fauna range. Only around 2% of Dailuaine output is thought to remain single malt, the remainder ends up in blends. Potentially [but I don’t know for certain] this is chill-filtered and has caramel colouring added. I also recently heard a rumour that between this, Mortlach [my favourite whisky] and Benrinnes you have in your hands the basic ingredients to blend Johnnie Walker Odyssey. At £600 a bottle for the blend it seems obvious to me it is a lot cheaper to buy the 3 Flora and Fauna offerings and spend a weekend blending them to make your own Odyssey! P.s. if anyone cracks the recipe answers on a postcard to The Whiskyphiles and whatever you do please don’t mention it to your local Diageo representative.

Colour:

Amber orange.

Nose:

Sweet tinned peaches in syrup.

Taste:

Green grass and apple, dry cereal malt, almonds and cooking/cider apples.

Finish:

Salty and smoky, slightly drying oakiness and moreish like a good parmesan cheese.

Would I buy it again:

Yes, yes and thrice yes. Whatever has or hasn’t been done to this – it is still a fantastic whisky, a great example of a sherried speysider. Lets hope it stays at around £40 a bottle, if so I will continue to buy it and drink it.

Score 88/100