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Dalmore 12 vs Dalwhinnie 15: Discover the Better!

Discover the differences between Dalmore 12 vs Dalwhinnie 15 in this in-depth comparison and decide which is better for you!

Dalmore 12

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  • Nose: Dark fruit, citrus, chocolate, cinnamon, plum.
  • Palate: Apricot, fig, grape, pecan.
  • Finish: Short, dark fruit, baking spice, bitter.

The nose is beautiful and promising as it’s rich in dark fruit, orange and chocolate, followed by hints of cinnamon and plum.

On the palate, Dalmore falls flat as it feels thin lacking in texture. Flavor hits with fruity sweetness that becomes somewhat cloying after a few sips.

The finish is short, with some warmth to it, with dark fruit, baking spice and a bitter note delivering a bad ending.

Adding water does not bring any additional flavors, it just waters down an already thin malt.

Dalmore 12 takes an unfortunate downturn after an incredible nose as it provides a bad mouthfeel, a cloying flavor and a bitter note on the finish making a bad sip.

The low proof does not help its cause making the Dalmore 12 something I can’t recommend, with several better malts in the market at better prices.

You will see this whisky commonly advertised as “liquified Christmas Cake” which I never got.

I found the Dalmore 12 (Substitutes) to be a disappointment, it seems that they put more effort into the packaging and design of the bottle that looks quite nice than in the quality of the juice.

Learn how Dalmore compares to the Glenfiddich 12!

There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:

  • Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).
  • Dalmore ages for 9 years in ex-bourbon barrels before getting split. Half ages for 3 years in thirty year-old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks and the other half remains in the ex-bourbon casks.
  • Earned the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • Scored 95 points at the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
  • Dalmore is a Highland whisky located in Alness, Scotland, founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson.
  • The brand is currently owned by Whyte & Mackay, which in turn is owned by Philippines-based Emperor.

Dalwhinnie 15

  • Nose: Honey, pear, apple, smoke.
  • Body: Ripe fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon.
  • Finish: Medium length, toasted malt, roasted nuts.

The nose hits with a honeyed aroma with hints of pear, apple and just a subtle whiff of smoke.

On the palate, Dalwhinnie feels a bit thin lacking in body. Flavor comes with a ripe fruit note, along notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.

The finish has a decent length, leaving a pleasant aftertaste of toasted malt and roasted nuts with very little warmth making an easy drinker.

Adding a drop of water is enough to make the Dalwhinnie better as it opens-up and becomes more fragrant, sweeter while bringing more oak to the flavor.

Dalwhinnie 15 is a sweet and very smooth fruity whisky, with a hint of baking spice. It’s not particularly complex or interesting but drinks without an controversies as it does not have any harshness, smoke, peat or any off-putting note.

Dalwhinnie is an easy drinker and a good option when in the mood for a light, uncomplicated dram and a good alternative for those who want a smooth Whisky.

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There are a few facts worth knowing about this single malt:

  • Bottled at 86 proof (43% ABV).
  • Aged for 15 years in ex-bourbon barrels.
  • Dalwhinnie distillery was founded in 1897 by John Grant and is located in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie in Scotland.
  • It only has 2 stills making it one of the smallest distilleries in the UK.
  • Dalwhinnie is the highest distillery in Scotland at 1,154 ft (352 m) above the sea level.
  • Dalwhinnie is labeled as a Highland Whisky, as the Speyside region is wholly within the Highlands, the Speyside distilleries have the legal right to use Highland or Speyside in their labels.
  • Dalwhinnie is one of the 200 brands owned by London-based Diageo.

Dalmore 12 vs Dalwhinnie 15: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskyPrice
Dalmore 12$70
Dalwhinnie 15$80

Dalmore 12 vs Dalwhinnie 15: Which is better?

Dalwhinnie is better than the Dalmore

WhiskeyDalmore 12Dalwhinnie 15
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  • Dalwhinnie is an easy drinking Scotch, perhaps a little too easy, but good when in the mood for an uncomplicated night cap.
  • The Dalmore is a good for a sip or two but becomes cloying beyond that.
  • Perhaps you might like it if you are into sweet bombs but this is not my thing.

Dalmore 15 vs Dalwhinnie 15: Which Single Malt Wins?

Monday 22nd of August 2022

[…] Dalwhinnie 15 is a sweet and very smooth fruity whisky, with a hint of baking spice. It’s not particularly complex or interesting but drinks without an controversies as it does not have any harshness, smoke, peat or any off-putting note. […]