A while ago, I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to nose and taste a range of Dalmore whisky through twitter. Thanks to The Whisky Wire!
Through circumstances, it wasn’t possible to join with the tasting with the rest of the participants on twitter. I decided to nose and taste in my own time.. One I had a while ago, was the Dalmore King Alexander III. For now I’ve put that sample aside. Time to start with the other 3 samples. I kept the same order, as mentioned on the website of The Whisky Wire.
The Dalmore 15 yr
- Color: Amber gold
- Nose: Pleasant, sweet aromas of toffee, vanilla, cloves and a scent of citrus fruit
- Taste: Vanilla, full tones of citrus fruit, beautifully balanced with spices and ginger
- Finish: Long, lovely with fine herbs
The Dalmore Cigar Malt
- Color: Amber
- Nose: Toffee, caramel, hints of citrus, chocolate-chips with just more chocolate then chips, tobacco
- Taste: Oily, more toffee mix of nuts, spices, citrus fruit
- Finish: Very nice and long
The Dalmore 18 yr
- Color: Full gold
- Nose: chocolates and almonds with hints of butterscotch and walnuts
- Taste: Soft texture, very rich, nuts, vanilla, toffee, lavender, leather, and a rich variety of herbs
- Finish: Nice and long, with cherry on the tongue
The Dalmore King Alexander III
- Color: Full Gold
- Nose: Elegant aromas of orange, mandarins and chocolates, tobacco, very light malt tones and plum fragrances.
- Taste: Tones of mixed seasoning, coffee with lovely aromas of citrus tones
- Finish: A long pleasant finish
Price per standard amount: € 100,00
Let’s dive into some history….
The distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, a trader who made his fortune in the illegal opium imports from the Far East. Located along the banks of the Cromarty Firth overlooking the Black Isle, lies the “big meadow”, in which it owes its name. The distillery was bought by the family MacKenzie in 1886.
It has been told, that in the year 1263, an ancestor of the Clan MacKenzie saved King Alexander III from a very furious deer during hunting. In reward, the King allowed him to carry the royal emblem of a 12-pointed deer in his weapons.
This is a great range of The Dalmore Whiskies. But I must confess, my favorite of this range is still The King!
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