Dimple 12 Years Review

Country: Scotland
Brand: Dimple (J.Haig & Company Ltd, Markinch)
Type: Blended Whisky
Age: 12 Years
Alcohol: 40%

Colour: Dark Amber

Nose: The Nose is the best part of this Blend with some Young Oak, Grains, Vanilla, Caramel, A Dried Fruits - and Nuts Mix and light Honey. There is some Alcohol and Vinegar around as well. If you dig deeper you will get some hints of Peat, Leather and Butter and very light fruity tones that pop up from time to time and could be Pineapple and/or Orange Zest.

Taste: The delivery is a bit watery and very Sweet. Sugar mostly and a bit of Honey. Some Pepper.

Finish: Middle-long and a bit hot with Pepper, Sugar and slightly bitter Oak.

I added a couple of drops of water and came to regret this. Everything just waters down. Drink this Blend neat.


Rating: 76 

Nose: 20.5 – Taste: 18.5 – Finish: 18 – Overall: 19

General Remarks: Robert Haig is said to have been the first distiller in the Haig family. This was way back around 1630. The first Dimple Deluxe blend appeared in 1888 and the specific – and very nice bottle was introduced in 1893. This blend probably consists of around 30 whiskies. Some of the Malts used might come from Glenkinchie and Linkwood, respectively Lowland and Speyside. A touch of Highland as well I would say. Next to the 12 Years you could also try out the 15 Years -and NAS Gold Crest Expressions as well as an 18 Years Expression especially for the Far Eastern market. Dimple is popular in a/o Greece, Mexico, Germany and the USA. The packaging and label of the 12 Years may vary from country to country.

Drinking Experience Neat: Okay/Good

Drinking Experience on the Rocks: Good

Conclusion: The 15 Years is just as Sweet as the 12 Years but it’s more complex and refined. The Noses are quite similar but the 12 Years basically gives you Sugar and Pepper on the Palate and in the Finish and that’s not quite enough. If you like your blend very Sweet I suggest to pay an extra 10 bucks and go for the 15 Years. But if Sugar and Spice is not your cup of tea, better look elsewhere for your daily Blend.

Jan van den Ende                                                                  July 27, 2012

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