Dalmore distillery was established in 1839 and is located in the village of Alness, Scotland. It was astablished by Alexander Matheson, who was an illegal opium smuggler, and then bought by the MacKenzie family in 1886. According to the legend, King Alexander III was saved by the MacKenzie predecessor form the boisterous stag, and as a reward, allowed him to bear the Royal emblem of a 12-pointed stag in his coat of arms. Now every bottle of Dalmore whisky is decorated with the image of the stag from the clan crest.
Dalmore whisky is considered to be one of the best Highland malts, and has won numerous prizes and awards. It utilizes uniquely shaped pots and stills, as well as the water from the river Alness, that runs through the village, all of which contributes to the great flavor of this whisky.
Recently the whole Dalmore line up has been revamped, including packaging and barrel aging mixture. The new issue of Dalmore 12yr is aged equally in American oak bourbon casks and oloroso sherry casks, compared to 3/4 bourbon and 1/4 sherry casks of the old vintages. Honestly, we love the new edition, sherry influence gives it a new expression without ruining the integrity of this great whisky.
NOSE: Orange peel, nuts, floral notes.
PALATE: Citrus, sherry, sweet vanilla, fruit.
FINISH: Medium, with hints of marzipan and spice.