Following the recent trend of bloggers/vbloggers/Instagrammers getting in on the indy bottling act, Vin PF who hosts the always very watchable No Nonsense Whisky YouTube Channel has gone and released some whisky of his own. And this Dalmore is one of two first releases from his new bottling label.
Drawn from butt #353 which was filled on the 14th April 2011 this was left to mature for 9 years before being bottled on 16th November 2020 (and it’s notably pale). 100 bottles have been produced at 60.4% – so presumably the rest of the butt is somewhere else? You can pick one up via Ooshkie – a new whisky subscription service and online shop – for £75 or seemingly less if you opt to take out a sub.
Nose: Rather primordial with barley and yeasty breads and doughs alongside copper polish and wool. Peeking through the mire of new make-esque aromas there’s crème brulee, green banana peels and grassiness. Reduction does indeed offer some of the cask influence with vanilla extract together with maple syrup drizzled pancakes.
Taste: Hostile on the arrival with a kick in the nether regions of raw spirit (60.4% is too much for this). And then a fairly rudimentary selection of freshly cooked distillate notes – grassiness, wire wool and barley water alongside orange syrup, toffee apples and almond paste. Dilution offers a much even and un-numbed palate experience that’s extremely ingredients based – tons of barley sugars, cereals and fresh apples.
Finish: Quite long and focussed on touches of chocolate alongside baked breads.
Whilst this No Nonsense Whisky Dalmore does offer something laterally different to OB bottlings from the distillery (and that’s interesting enough) it has sadly been extracted from an utterly exhausted Nth fill cask. As such, it has done remarkably little over its 9 years of maturation, to a point where I’d describe it as almost proto-whisky. I would happily champion all eager drinkers tasting some IB Dalmore drawn from an ex-bourbon cask to better understand the profile of the distillate and, as such, quite how buried behind sherry and wine foolery it can become. However, this release isn’t that – indeed, it too comes from a butt – a butt that has had next to no influence on the spirit over the best part of decade. There’s a world of difference between what might be described as a ‘naked’ whisky and what is quite evidently totally undercooked.
Review sample provided by No Nonsense Whisky