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.
Dalmore 15yr whisky was aged in for 13 years in American oak bourbon barrels, then split between 3 types of sherry wood: Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso, aged for another year, and finally married in a sherry butt for the final year. (If you are not familiar with solera sherries, read up on the making process – it is truly fascinating). Now, this whisky is BIG, very well balanced and accomplished, it tastes like much older malts, therefore a great deal for the price!
NOSE: Raisiny, orange peels, old leather.
PALATE: Satisfying, heavy, orange blossom honey, tartness, note of sweetness.
FINISH: Medium long, spice, orange peel.