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 18yr offering is matured for 14 years in American oak bourbon casks, then for 3 years in Matusalem sherry casks, and then married in sherry butts for the final year. It is a very rewarding example of a whisky in its late teens, it exhibits all the characteristics of classic Dalmore flavor: orange zest and gingerbread, with the addition of nutty and sweet sherried notes. It is pleasantly complex, and we love the fact that it is bottled at 86 proof. Great after dinner dram!
NOSE: Butterscotch, nuts, clove, orange, oak, hint of leather and coffee beans.
PALATE: Creamy, with notes of burnt toffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, spice, vanilla, oak.
FINISH: Lingering, notes of wood and sherried sweetness.