Nose has lots of big oranges, caramels, and apricots, with sherry quite discernible. The palate delivers all of that, fruits and caramels (with related toffee stuff) and vanilla. Light spices show up and continue through the long finish. Some rough spots show up in that finish, but not out-of-line for 12 years. Water killed this for me, not advised. This whisky is in general like a caramel chew that's got fruitiness to it, and I like it.... it's pleasant. Much better than the previous Dalmore 12. One to try as an alternative to Balvenie Doublewood. B/B-
N: Chocolate and something slightly mismatched, like vegetables. P: Burnt brown sugar, dates, citrus, slightly bitter. F: A bitter tang. Big and full flavored, but there's a subtle sourness that detracts.
n: red berry marmalade, raw bread dough, cherry hard candy.
t: follows nose but overly sweet (like red Kool-Aid and cherry hard candy). Oak and strawberry jam; watery/thin mouthfeel. The sweet style sherry cask overpowers the malt whisky and the low ABV hurts the complexity. Short finish is mostly sweet and young sherry cask influence.