Review: Dalmore 2001 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2015)
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: The Dalmore Distillery
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice
What they say:
Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase the company’s ‘The Wood Makes the Whisky’ campaign which highlights the importance of this essential element in the whisky maturation process.
For over 120 years Gordon & MacPhail has carefully matched spirit with oak in order to ensure a premium taste which reflects the company’s philosophy. Through ‘The Wood Makes the Whisky, campaign consumers are invited to gain a more in-depth insight into how Gordon & MacPhail’s approach to matching wood to spirit has shaped a number of whiskies in their portfolio.
Using expertise honed over four generations, Gordon & MacPhail believe that wood really does make the whisky, with their skilfully coopered casks delivering a full spectrum of flavour compounds; from sweet vanilla notes found through Bourbon cask maturation to rich toffee, dark chocolate and spice notes derived through maturation in Sherry casks.
The array of flavours derived from oak are abundant across the Gordon & MacPhail portfolio, with each whisky demonstrating a unique flavour profile which reflects the cask type as well as the distillery character.
Gordon & MacPhail has selected a series of whiskies, from various Collections including Connoisseurs Choice, The MacPhail’s Collection and Rare Vintage, which they feel best demonstrate ‘The Wood Makes the Whisky’ philosophy.
A book and website have been created to accompany the campaign which can be used to guide whisky lovers through the series, explaining the flavours of each whisky and how this relates to the wood.
Ewen Macintosh, Chief Operating Officer said “Here at Gordon & MacPhail we have always been focused on the close relationship between oak and spirit, and have learned from vast experience that wood really does make the whisky. We have selected the special series of whiskies to demonstrate this complex relationship.
“Our unrivalled collection is a liquid library showcasing whiskies from numerous Scottish distilleries, age profiles and whisky characteristics. From branch to barrel, we aim to deliver a perfectly matured whisky time and time again.”
For more information on the Wood Makes the Whisky campaign please visit [http://wood.gordonandmacphail.com/].
Light to medium.
Medium with subtle menthol notes.
Refill Sherry hogsheads.
Light fruity Highland dram.
AROMA without water
Fresh with green apple, pear, and melon aromas. Tropical pineapple notes are complemented by an eucalyptus edge.
TASTE without water
Explodes with chilli spice initially followed by banana, grapefruit, and toasted walnuts. Lime citrus combines with lingering liquorice on the tongue.
AROMA with water
Initially sweet with banana, peach, and plum aromas with a hint of rose petal. A subtle menthol note develops.
TASTE with water
Peppery with vanilla, raspberry, and toasted almonds. Fresh cucumber combines with a herbal finish.
What I say:
The 2nd in the latest batch of whiskies selected to highlight Gordon & MacPhail’s The Wood Makes The Whisky Campaign hails from Dalmore distillery. Distilled in 2001 and bottled 2015 (making it unofficially ~ 14 years old) this is an unusually light coloured Dalmore compared to the darkly sherry-influenced official expressions, however it adheres to the ex-sherry maturation using refill hogsheads.
Straw gold (3/20), medium tears leave tapered medium-fine legs
Fresh, citric lemon & lime, zesty & sweetened like lemon foam, cereal barely, quite biscuit malt, more fruits with pear, white grape, melon, green coconut & green bananas, mixed yellow and green fruits, milled barley flour and lemon meringue pie.
Sweet foam banana sweeties, zesty lime pith, menthol and eucalyptus oil, soor plooms sweeties, yellow grapefruit, barley flour and malted milk biscuits, pistachio and lime kulfi.
Medium, zesty, drying lime oil and mint (Mojito!)
Not my preferred flavour profile (I am always wary around menthol and eucalyptus which always seem to be quite strong & powerful flavours – or my sensitivity to them is quite high), however I found this whisky quite refreshing on the palate and worked well with a zesty and drying finish making it a little moreish. I found this went very well with some slightly salted mixed nuts.
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