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
What they say:
This 16 year old is the official release from the Dailuaine distillery in speyside and has been sherry cask matured.
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.
Sweet tinned peaches in syrup.
Green grass and apple, dry cereal malt, almonds and cooking/cider apples.
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.