Dailuaine 14, 2004, 1st Fill Oloroso Hogshead, 57.9% – SMWS (41.124, Weighty but Welcoming)

Yup, another one of those weirdly named SMWS bottlings. I got this one in auction little over a year ago, in the last throes of lockdown after lockdown. Based on the ratings on Whiskybase I think I used this one in a tasting, since all the usual suspects seem to have left their mark.

Dailuaine, lately an either very funky, or rather waxy whisky, and based on the fact that it didn’t used to be that, a bit of a changeling distillery. Generally what comes out of the place is rather nice, but you can’t really know what the style of the whisky is going to be before you try it (or read a review somewhere).

Let’s see where this one sits!

A fairly typical sherry cask for people who love sherry casks. There is a lot of dried fruits, with plums, dates and apricots. Marzipan too. Very cask driven, because there are virtually no notes of the actual spirit.

The palate is quite dry and brings a bit of sweetness from the dried fruit. There’s quite some peppery heat, dry oak shavings. The fruit from the nose is well pronounced too, and shows up after a few seconds.

There is a lot of sherry on the finish too, like lots. Not an overly long finish fully focused on the cask influence of dried fruits.

Lovely flavors but distillery character is completely missing. Not that I would actually know Dailuaine that well, but it’s just cask.



About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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