Dailuaine is an interesting distillery as it's an obscure one but is pretty important to Diageo and has stepped into the role Cardhu was playing in the Diageo blends, mainly Johnnie Walker.
Not only is it a distillery but also the main waste processing plant for all of Diageo's Speyside distilleries.
This one is an indie from a time when Dailuaine was using steel condensers rather than copper, they swapped back to copper in 2006.
I don't know if all their stills used the steel condensers as they have 3 pairs but this one tasted like it could be...
Dailuaine 2004 G&M Connoisseurs Choice 46%
Colour: Light Amber
Nose: A bit spirity, slightly sulphury Sherry, Cherry, only a little mango.
Taste: Soft, a bit unyielding actually, a little cherry, some Sherry, some spice, then a little sulphury.
Finish: Medium length. Some rubbish coffee and rubbery Sherry.
From Sherry hogsheads. Those sulphury notes are suggesting to me that this one could be from steel condensers but then again, it could the Sherry Hogsheads. Anyway, a little too rubbery at this age. Would love to see this whisky at 30 years old though!
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