Whisky Review: Dalmore 17 Years Old 1997 Old Particular
Single malt scotch whisky
55.5% ABV, £78.45 for 70cl
What they say:
A 17 Year old expression from Dalmore distillery bottled as part of the Old Particular range
One of 237 bottles charged from a refill hogshead. Ref – DL10427
This single cask was distilled May 1997 and bottled august 2014
No added colouring, no chill filtration
Nose: Opens with a fudge character – developing to red fruits & vanilla cheesecake
Palate: Delicate with marzipan, a gentle oakiness, lemon meringue pie and creamy toffee
Finish: More citrus fruits coming through with cereal & spices (CSL).
Douglas Laing’s Old Particular Single Casks
Our Old Particular Single Cask selection is a ‘particularly’ sought after range of individually-selected Malts from all over Scotland – each bottled according to the founders’ philosophy of topmost quality. Meaning, Old Particular bottlings are from only one cask, without colouring and without chill filtration – allowing the cask and the naturally present oils, fats and enzymes in the spirit to make their own special contribution to its nose, mouthfeel, palate and finish.
The result is as close as most people come to experiencing that rarest of pleasures – sampling a dram straight from its cask in the hallowed surroundings of a distillery warehouse.
We have chosen to bottle Old Particular at three different alcohol strengths. Some rarities are bottled at cask or natural strength and thereafter 48.4% for the bottlings aged to 18 years and 51.5% for 19 and over.
Combining the skills of the distiller’s time-honoured craft with the million and one little idiosyncrasies bestowed by each stave of each cask in which the Malt is maturing, every Old Particular Single Cask bottling is a marvel in its own right and truly unique.
What I say:
Dram #3 during our visit to the Douglas Laing & Co Ltd. HQ was this 17 year old Dalmore expression, bottled as part of their well-recognised ‘Old Particular’ range.
Very light gold
Vanilla, light cinnamon spices, slightly floral/perfumed, custard cream biscuits, vanilla bean pods, some fruity red berries and citrus
Sweet and fruity, apple, orange, peach, ginger and almond shortbread, cinnamon danish pastries, toffee oak
Medium refreshing apple and pear juice
This 17 year old hogshead matured Dalmore expression was very gentle. An interesting dram to sample as Dalmore is so often associated with lashings of sherry influence from the distillery’s official bottlings. Aged to perfection this has plenty of subtle character and depth, moving us away from the Grain of the Girvan 20 Years Old 1993 – Clan Denny ~ 56.7% (Douglas Laing & Co Ltd.) and into the subtleties of single malt expressions.