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02 Mar 2012

Dailuaine 1983 (Asta Morris)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Dailuaine

So far I haven’t covered the recent wave of Dailuaine 1983. Here’s one of the early releases, bottled Autumn 2011 by Asta Morris.


Dailuaine 1983 Asta MorrisDailuaine 27 yo 1983 (50%, Asta Morris 2011, refill sherry hogshead AM004, 248 btl.)

Nose: starts rather delicately on hay, chalk and heather. Slightly musty. Then quite some waxy notes, plenty of grassy and floral notes. Hints of buttercups. Bread crust as well. Some fresh citrus and ginger. Mouth: waxy and spicy. Thyme. A certain sweetness too, although it’s not exactly a fruity sweetness. Honeyed ginger tea? Hints of bitter oak and grapefruit. There’s a kind of raw spirity edge to it as well. Finish: rather long, bittersweet with some herbs, lemon zest and grass.

This sample has been on my desk for three or four months now, and I couldn’t get to grips with it. Sometimes I like it, but most of the times it sets me off for the most part. Some of the aromas are difficult to pin down, so even though I’m not the biggest fan I still appreciate its unique signature. Around € 90, only a few bottles left.

Score: 83/100

Dailuaine 1983 (Asta Morris) 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-03-02
  • joeri

    Er klopt iets niet met de foto van de fles en het perspectief van het etiket :-)

    Ik heb deze Dalluaine ook al verschillende keren tijd gegeven en het is mijn ding niet.

  • Karel

    Hi Ruben
    I have been able to try this Dailuaine three times since last Monday (the 27th of February), twice during a tasting. Well, I enjoyed it very much and I did find a whole lot of grapefruit in it, not just ‘a hint’, as well as other fruits, but only during the two tasting sessions, so I guess it depends on the line-up… When I tasted it solo, I also had difficulty pinning down the aromas. A special signature indeed, but very enjoyable IMHO. Personally I scored it somewhat higher. Thanks for the well written review, as usual.

  • Ruben

    @Joeri Valid remark of course, I’ve changed the picture. Still not 100% but it’ll do. Tricky shapes anyway.

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  • Piet

    Hi all.
    I enjoyed a few drams of this and I decided I like it.
    It has a very own signature and I also have the impressian that it may need some time, in the opened bottle that is.

    I do like the tast and mouth-feel. And yes I to scored it higher.
    Here my notes (in Dutch):

  • Piet

    Ah, sorry forgot to tell the remark I made in my (Dutch) note and that is that there is a major difference when you taste this in a small or large glass.

    I mostly used a relatively small Cognac drinking glass but with this dram that gave too much unpleasant odours like varnish, felt-tip pen and the like !

    In a smaller Port-glass, Glencairn, this does not show up in that unpleasant way !!
    I now decided to forget about using a Cognac glass for whisky (I know I know….).



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