I enjoy the occasional cigar and wanted to give Dalmore a second chance after being disappointed with their 12-year expression. It breaks the sin of most Dalmore’s coming in at 80 proof so that was encouraging. Again Dalmore has amazing presentation on their bottles and I love the look of the bottle.
Paid: $140 for 750ml
Distilled / Owned By: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Aged For: NAS
Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, Finished in Oloroso Sherry and Cabernet Sauvignon barriques
Chill Filtered: Yes
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Brownish Orange, E150 present, but to my eye not as offensive as other offerings.
Nose: Nosing reveals orange rind as with most dalmore. Cherry, fruit cake, tapioca pudding, and honey.
Taste: Slightly watery then thickens, vanilla yogurt then tangerine flavor the palate. Honey and dried fruits followed by gentle sherry.
Finish: Honey and heather. Gentle cinnamon and toffee. Smooth and fruity.
When paired with cigar: I tried this with a Rocky Patel Royale Robusto after doing my initial tasting notes. The fruity smoothness paired extremely well with the rich espresso and chocolate of my medium-full body cigar. Improved the scotch and made for a wonderful night.
Overall: Is it a good whisky? I’d say yes. Does it keep its namesake? Again I’d argue in favor of it. Is it overpriced? You bet my sweet glorious perfectly shaped ass cheeks it is. Price this at $75 and I’d put it in regular rotation. For the purposes of this review I am factoring the price into my final score. The added proof really did help the Dalmore thicken up and I can tell they have some older whisky in hear. I’d venture a guess the average is 14-15 years.