Here is my review/narrative, just had this last week. My scale:75=average. 80=reccomendable. I actaully have the 12yo a point higher.
Score 79 Sm Dalmore 21 (43%,OB) December 12. At Cutter's Cigar bar. Going out to a poetry reading; I have not been out in a while by myself. It feels good. Celebrate the end of the work semester, this is the only one they have that I have not tried. Nose: Sherry and burnt orange. A bit muted, a dash of water did not bring it out much. Pleasant, but not very complex. Mouth: More sherry, wow, this is what you call a sherry monster. I am not sure that sherry monsters are my thing, in truth. It is elegant, and tasty, but there is little else here to balance out the sherry. Finish: Warm, medium, a touch of dry oak. Tasty, but not my cup of tea. I like the 12 more. it is more complex, has more character. I wish there was some peat smoke or malt here. Yummy, but I am left wanting a bit more.