Whisky Review: Hidden Spirits Dailuaine 2007 Aged 10 Years

Style: Fruity and Lightly smoked

Nose:
Light fruits injected into a yeasty and malty aroma, quite young as there are marks of new make at the front. Orange peel with a whiff of Triple Sec and tar. Liquorice roots, perhaps some cedarwood, lavender oil dripping onto clam shells firing on barbeque sizzle. All sweet and smoky. While salt crystals and moss hidden shyly from ester fruits on top. Finish off with a high-flying tone on lemon sorbet and meringue.

Palate:
A light and serene citrus entrance on the palate. Orange and lemon confectioneries forming a nice, zesty edge. Another dose of floral-infused yeasty bread, which then somehow transfigured into Belgium milk chocolate. Minimal wood fire smoke diffuses into the background, whereas liquorice roots pinging a high note and holding up the structure. Minimal tar lagging behind at the end.

Finish:
Soft sweetness with all kinds of side notes – wood, maritime and others lingering comfortably. One final run of fruits leaving a nice, sweet tail.

Thoughts:
This is a young Dailuaine matured in peaty cask, interesting spec isn’t it? The resulting profile is actually quite accurate, young, sweet Speyside fruits taking a hint of peat smoke. Good strength but probably a tad young as new make notes are fairly visible. However, this drop is unusually drinkable, by the time I finish writing this, I have already single-handedly finished half of the bottle… Maybe because the profile is direct while there is a bit of everything for you to enjoy, the fruits, the smoke, the creamy texture, minerals, even some oak and maritime notes – A very dimensional dram that makes it quite satisfying for me.

[Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[56.1% | Independent Bottling | Single Cask | 2007 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Cask Strength | Cask reference: DU718 | t+]

-Esmond

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