Dailuaine 1973 30 years First Cask 46%

Distilled 14 Desember 1973, cask number 15933. First Cask is a series of bottling from Direct Wines Ltd.


Nose: Lemon and lemongrass, goosberries and oak. With water my mind turns to jasmin and incence, but there is still quite a bit of lemon.

Palate: Oak, heather and mildly rotting fruit. More bitter with water, but also more vanilla and fresher fruit.

Comments: This must be ex bourbon, and not a very active cask, either. Not bad, but not so good that I will mourn its passing, bottle kill will happen this evening, there are only about two drams left in the bottle.

Dailuaine 12 years Noorbohandelen 43%

Purchased in 2009.


Nose: Malt, tart citrus, newly baked bisquits (shortbread). With water it leans more towards pear ice lollies, newly mown grass and lemon cake.

Palate: More punch than expected. Malt, vanilla, vanilla bitterness, cream. A little milk chocolate on the finish.

Comments: Quite nice. A pretty example of how Dailuiane may turn out in a bourbon cask (I am 99% sure that this is from a bourbon cask). Cask strenght would have been preferable, and it lacks a little complexity, but it’s a nice whisky for everyday wear.