Dailuaine 2002

Dailuaine single malt is most commonly found in ex-sherry casks, so this refill hogshead is a departure in style. Dailuaine’s spirit is rather dense, even meaty, and so the gentle influence of a refill cask takes time to have its effect on the wilful spirit. After 18 years, though, this softly-softly maturation has borne wonderful fruit – quite literally in some of the fresh orchard flavours it has evoked.

The original character of Dailuaine is still strong here, making this cask an excellent partner for a true fan of the distillery. 18 years is a fine age for Dailuaine, but it’s still strong enough that more years in the cask would not overpower this confident malt.

Auction estimate: £15,000 – £17,000

For people who like: Cola bottles or jelly worms.

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Cask Details

Age18 years
Distillation DateAugust 20, 2002
Cask TypeRefill Hogshead
Re-gauge ABV58.80%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)111.6 litres
New Bulk Litres189.8 litres
Re-gauge DateJanuary 24, 2020
Cask Number30

Tasting Notes

“Caramel, ginger and green apples on the nose. Fresh orchard fruits, malt and soft oak on the palate, with citrus fruit, a hint of mint and drying oak in the spicy finish. Extremely accomplished.”

Gavin D. Smith, Author & Renowned Whisky Journalist

“Very sweet and rich with vanilla, indicating a long maturity in ex-bourbon. The palate offers rich vegetal notes, dates, brown sugar, caramel. There is a lot going on beneath the surface to reward time spent with this whisky, a great after-dinner long-sipper.”


“I knew this whisky would be fantastic as soon as that aroma whisky hit my snout. It was like being seven years old in a sweety shop where you smell pink bonbon and fruity jelly beans. Then it takes you in a completely different direction with a taste that’s like a toffee stuck in the back of your teeth. This is a beautiful creation.”


“Refined and invigorating. The nose offers pineapple, papaya with lime juice, butter cream, caramel, cherry candy, heather honey, orange peel, rosemary, burnt caramel. The palate is well-developed with lavender, waxiness, heather honey, condensed milk, almond flakes, frosted cereal, plum, kaya jam, pineapple, butter cream, mint, caramel Frappuccino. Spices, in particular cloves, to the end.”


“The nose is very nostalgic to me, reminiscent of childhood favourite sweets – Wine gums and gummy bears. Also sweet on the palate, but a more mature, caramel note. Werther’s Original and sticky toffee pudding.”


Tasting Panel Video

We simply do not have enough liquid to allow every interested bidder to sample the contents of the cask before purchase. As a compromise, each sample is reviewed by our in-house team and their honest opinions encouraged. Among them, our tasters have sat on tasting panels for, and advised, top names in whisky, such as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Waldorf Astoria, the Peninsula Shanghai and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Watch the video below to hear what our team had to say about this fine selection of casks on Cask 88 TV, our online channel for all things whisky.

About The Distillery

The Dailuaine distillery (pronounced dal-yoo-wan) was founded in 1851 by William Mackenzie in southern Speyside. Dailuaine means “green valley” in gaelic, a fitting name for the scenic geography of the distillery overlooking the Spey valley. Dailuaine likes to keep itself up to date. In the 1860s, the Strathspey railway connected Dailuaine to the rail network, making it one of the first to do so. In 1884, the first Charles Doig pagoda roof was fitted here – an architectural flourish that is now the iconic sign of any Scotch whisky distillery.

Those that have the privilege of experiencing Dailuaine in its single malt form are never disappointed. Its whiskies are very rich and full flavoured with tempting fruity Speyside notes. Each of its rare single malt releases are enjoyed by both connoisseurs and novices alike.

Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 18th at 5:00pm BST subject to continuation defined below.
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  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
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