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.