Dailuaine 16 Years Old 1997 Small Batch

Dailuaine 16 Years Old 1997 Small Batch (46%, Cadenheads, Bourbon HHs, 660 Bottles, 2013)

  • Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • 46% ABV,
  • £57 for 70cl
  • Score: 88/100


What they say:

Distilled at Dailuiane distillery in Speyside in 1997 and bottled at 16 Years Old by Wm Cadenhead at 46% ABV

Official tasting notes:

Colour: Golden hues

Aroma: Sweet and spicy

Taste: Explosion of citrus, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and a hint of honey

Finish: Long and lingering sweet and spice


What I say:

Dram No.1 at the Water of Life Society ‘The Blender’s Malts’ tasting on 29th January 2015 – a bourbon matured 16 year old Dailuaine expression. Dailuaine is a relatively unheard of single malt as the only official bottling currently available is the sherry-influenced Dailuaine 16 Years Old Flora and Fauna ~ 43% (Diageo) bottling. That said, Dailuiane make a very fine distillate that fares well in bourbon casks and has a particularly gentle and approachable character, such that numerous independent bottlings are easily found.


Light straw gold (7/20), medium tears


Foam banana and pear drop sweeties, vanilla, custard, honey, cereal barley, sweet heather honey and some spicy hints of cinnamon and nutmeg


Cereal Barley grist and malt, sweetie shop flavours, dolly mixtures, foam bananas, pear drops all in a paper bag like pick’n’mix, sweet pastries, cinnamon Danish, iced buns


Short/medium, sweet, icing sugar and pastry


Another delicious example of Dailuaine’s spirit, well matured by Cadenheads. While most of Dailuaine’s output invariably goes into Johnnie Walker and other blends around 2% escapes each year to be bottled as single malt. So far every one of these I have tried has not failed to impress me! I think I’m becoming a bit of a Dailuaine fan and found this particular example my favourite of the tasting.

Categories: Dailuaine, Speyside

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