The Best of The Dalmore Whiskies to Savour
Thanks to a growing variety of styles and flavour profiles, today's whisky drinker has never been more spoilt for choice. In fact, innovation has long been a part of this thriving industry. Take for example Scotland's The Dalmore, which has been in existence for over 180 years and is one of the pioneers of multi cask maturation.
Owned by Whyte & Mackay, the distillery has been in the good hands of master distiller Richard Paterson, who has been striving to make exceptional expressions that stay true to tradition for over 50 years. The process always starts with hand-selected casks that imbue the distilled liquid with the house’s signature chocolate and orange characters, layered with rich and nutty flavours. Here are six of its best creations, which are available on TheTatlerBar.com.
1/6 The Dalmore 35 Year Old
Last year’s International Spirits Challenge awarded the 35 Year Old the prestigious Supreme Champion 2020 title, which means you can’t expect anything less than some of the brand’s finest work in this expression. First released in 2016 (with only 1,000 bottles released every year for the following five years), it is also one of the special offerings created by Paterson to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the industry.
Aged in a combination of bourbon barrels, 30-year-old Matusalem Oloroso sherry butts, and 1970 Port Colheita pipes, the extremely long ageing process ensures complex flavours which are lively and vibrant, with notes of tropical fruits and hints of roasted chestnuts and raisins. Bottled in a Baccarat crystal decanter adorned with the distillery’s royal stag emblem.
2/6 The Dalmore 25 Year Old
The distillery’s passion for using the finest wood is showcased in the 25 Year Old, which is first aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks to give the whisky its delicate vanilla and honey notes. The complex flavours come from apportioning the liquid between the 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry and Tawny Port pipes, before it’s finished in a first-fill ex-bourbon cask. A truly exceptional drink you won’t be able to resist.
3/6 The Dalmore King Alexander III
This is another exquisite creation from the distillery, which spent time in six different casks—American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso sherry, Madeira, Marsala, port and cabernet sauvignon wine barrels. The result is an intensely rich and fruity flavour profile with a peppery and oaky finish typical of a Highland single malt.
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4/6 The Dalmore 18 Year Old
Paterson shared on The Dalmore website how this expression is an “evolution of The Dalmore house style”. To be sure, it has robust and bolder notes having been matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and Matusalem oloroso sherry casks for 18 years. On the palate, it evokes delicious notes of dark chocolate, coffee, nutmeg and soft liquorice that culminate with citrus fruits and molasses.
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5/6 The Dalmore 15 Year Old
This expression has been described as the “epitome of the house’s style” and the complete opposite of the 18 Year Old. The classic expression is created by maturing the distilled liquid in a variety of sherry casks, including Apostoles, Amoroso and Matusalem oloroso. It bears the luscious nuances of Mandarin, vanilla, ginger and crushed apples that are layered with caramelised orange and dark chocolate.
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6/6 The Dalmore Port Wood Reserve
This one-of-a-kind expression from the distillery is extremely smooth and succulent, after being matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and aged Tawny Port pipes. It boasts exotic flavours, such as roasted chestnuts and Java coffee. Its finishing notes delve more into the fruitier side with rich plums, macerated cherries and Sanguinello blood oranges, making this a truly unique treat.
The Dalmore whiskies are distributed by Hock Tong Huat.
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