Review: The Dalmore 18 Years Old (2010) and Isle of Jura Prophecy

Review: The Dalmore 18 Years Old (2010) and Isle of Jura Prophecy

These two whiskys from Dalmore (Isle of Jura is part of its empire) were both launched late last year, but they weren’t available when Richard Paterson recently came to town to show off the Dalmore line. Recently he sent along samples of both for our review. Comments follow.

The Dalmore 18 Years Old (2010) – Tastes younger than it is. Quite sweet on the attack, it offers a rich toffee character topped with ample woodsy notes. Sherry cask aging is evident — this spends four long years in sherry wood — which gives it a huge orange finish. That said, it comes across as a pretty simple whisky. I’d recommend it as a daily dram if it wasn’t so darned expensive. 86 proof. A- / $150 / [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS] [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Isle of Jura Prophecy – Sweet and fiery smoke assaults the senses as you sip Prophecy, its big peat character interlaced with brown sugar, salt, and old-fashioned barbecue notes. Like liquid chili, it’s a fun yet rustic whisky. It’s much less easygoing than the Dalmore 18, more of a warm-up-by-the-fire dram than something I’d recommend for summer sipping. 92 proof. B+ / $50 / [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

The Dalmore 18 Years Old (2010)




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  1. Sokojoe on June 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I hate Dalmore’s pricing. $40 for the 12yo is fine, $75 for the 15yo is meh, but then doubling the price for 3 more years to make it $150 for the 18 yo. Maybe a better whisky could get away with that but I’ll take Highland Park’s line over the Dalmore’s price and taste wise any day.

  2. Kevin Gray on June 21, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Similar thoughts on the Jura Prophecy. A pretty solid feat of sweet, spice and smoke. Looking forward to breaking in my Dalmore 18 soon.

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