Whisky Review: The Dalmore 15 year old
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: The Dalmore Distillery
Bottling: Emperador; Whyte & Mackay
Cost: £52.45 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
The Dalmore Distillery has been producing exceptional single malt whisky since 1839 and, for almost a century, was owned by the Clan Mackenzie. The clan’s defining influence on the distillery is still evident to this day, with the iconic royal stag’s antlers – taken from the Mackenzie family crest – adorning each and every bottle of The Dalmore.
Located on the northern shores of the Firth of Cromarty, deep in the spectacular Scottish Highlands, the distillery is perfectly placed to take advantage of a feast of natural resources: from the waters of Loch Morie, found high in the hills overlooking the distillery, to the golden barley of the rich coastal soils of the Black Isle. Being sited at sea level is critically important. Enveloped by the salt air, the sea-facing traditional dunnage warehouses provide the ideal conditions for maturation.
The Dalmore 15 year old spends twelve years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, then a three year finish in three different sherry woods – Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso. A robust, yet elegant spirit. Elegant and robust, this expression delivers a rich and aromatic taste experience.
A rich and aromatic heart full of Orange marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg with a mandarin, vanilla, crushed apple and ginger mouth-feel to tantalise your tongue and an abundant aftertaste of peppery spice and oak to reward the palate.
What I say:
I purchased this for about €35 on offer in the duty free shop at Schipol Airport, partly because of the value and partly because I hadn’t tried this highland single malt but knew it had a good reputation and this was a damn good deal.I have to admit up front that I am a huge sherry fan when it comes to whisky finishing. This example is stunning and exemplifies just about everything the Dalmore try to achieve with their image. This really is a luxurious dram, full of all the Christmas flavours wrapped in oak and leather.
Zingy leather, orange marmalade with ginger and nutmeg spices.
Warm orange and ginger, cooling and fading to apples with cinnamon and vanilla.
Tip of the tongue pepper spice and general oakiness.
Well the 1L is a big bottle and I am still getting through it. I will definitely keep an eye out for further Dalmore expressions, especially if they are as good a bargain as this was. Up until this find I had started to feel that Dalmore were exclusive and expensive and therefore out of my bargain bin price range. Perhaps now armed with a little more knowledge I could almost excuse them pricing their whisky for what it is worth. If you want instant Christmas in a glass then this is definitely a bottle for you!
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