Scotch Whisky Review: Dailuaine 2008 Maltman 15 Year Old

Elliott
2 min readFeb 25, 2024

Comforting like smores.

Dailuaine 2008 Maltman 15 Year Old

Dailuaine 2008 Maltman 15 Year Old / 48%

Tasted neat

This is the first Dailuaine, and it’s a nice bottling from The Maltman, single cask #7712 distilled April 2008 and bottled June 2023, making it 15 years old, entirely aged in a Barrique. It was diluted to 48% to yield 273 bottles, specially selected from Scotch Malt Sales Japan. It is also non-chill-filtered and natural colour.

The back label has these tasting notes:

The nose has some sherry notes with hints of honey and clove.

The palate is smooth and warming with dark chocolate, some banana loaf and crunchy brown sugar.

Expect some nutty notes coming through with a little milky coffee. A warm finish with sweet sultanas and custard with salted caramel and buttered brioche.

  • Color: 1.3 (russet)
  • Nose: sherry, honey, nutmeg, and cardboard
  • Taste: mead, chocolate brownies, egg custard, and coca cola
  • Finish: short, a hint of strawberry tart and cream

Inoffensively pleasant, it reminds me a little bit of Oban. The sherry is not doing much here, it’s definitely not first-fill. I would be open to trying more Dailuaine in the future; this particular single cask is not partically complex.

Rating: 5/10

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Elliott

Personal interests in literature, SF, and whisky/whiskey/scotch, Software Engineer by Trade