Dailuaine 29 Years Old 1983 Old Spiced Balm

Dailuaine 29 Years Old 1983 Old Spiced Balm (46%, Wemyss Malts, Bourbon HH #4439, 311 Bottles, 2013)

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 29 Years Old
  • Bottling: Wemyss Malts
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £sold out
  • Origin: Dailuaine distillery
  • Vintage: 1983


What they say

Sampled from The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar by Secret Spirits

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar

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  • Collector’s lapel pin

Tasting notes from Jonathan Bray:

  • Colour:     Polished gold
  • Nose:     Should we be engaging in any number of back to back manly activities as we sniff this? I can picture the Old Spice guy complete with ripped 6 pack holding a glass of this aloft. More so than usual I have been all over the descriptive names Wemyss have come up with in this edition. Spicy, perfumey, balmy. Walking into a spice shop with open racks of exotic spices. Candle Wax and wood polish. Hints of dried tropical fruits like banana and papaya.
  • Palate:     Spice cupboard medley with mouth coating fullness. Only age does this to a whisky. This is my first Dailuaine and I like where this is going. There is a little citrus wood polish element to it after it has been soaked into old hardwood. A background note of eucalypt makes me miss being home on Christmas Eve.
  • Finish:     A really nice 46% tingle that hits the roof of my mouth especially. Long and developing into clove and linseed Oil (I use it to oil my cricket bats).

What I say

*Spoiler Alert* This sample was from The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 5th Edition (2015).

Distilled at Dailuaine distillery in Speyside in 1983 and matured for 29 years in an ex bourbon hogshead #4439 and bottled by Wemyss Malts named ” Old Spiced Balm”

This post was sponsored by Secret Spirits by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Pale Sauternes gold (7/20), slow, large, oily tears and thick legs.
  • Nose: Tropical fruit, beeswax, sweet and dusty old oak wood, icing sugar, banana, mango, melon, chalky, talcum powder, floral lavender, perfumed.
  • Taste: Fruity and spiced, cinnamon, white pepper, ginger root, nutmeg, Edinburgh rock, chalky/fruity, orchard fruits, linseed oil, almond, yellow plum, beeswax and paraffin wax, vanilla custard and egg custard flan.
  • Finish: Long, dried mango, banana chips, some lime zest.


A superb old Dailuaine, quite light and bourbon matured unlike the sherry heavy OB, waxy rather than meaty.

Score 88/100

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