Dalmore 18

Dalmore 18

Price: $240 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Deep amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sherry, citrus, dried fruit, grapefruit, dry grass, malt, and nuts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Sour caramel, chocolate, sherry, pepper, oak , almond, orange peel

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, ginger, citrus, dry sherry, bitter chocolate, with a touch of musty oak

Thoughts: It’s not an awful dram, until you look at the price tag and realize you can buy 3 bottles of superior (In my opinion) Glengoyne for the same price. Not a fan of the sour sort of bitter notes that came and went putting this into the 70’s for me.

Score: 78 out of 100

Dalmore 15 Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection 1989

Dalmore 15 Caden

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Cadenhead

Region: Highland

57.5% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 15 years (Distilled 1989)

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Heather, spices, cinnamon, honey, oak, sugar, and cream, floral

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, floral, oak, almonds

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, spice, heather, ginger, honey, and baked goods

Thoughts: It takes on a generic highland profile that even cask strength can’t save it from. I need my highland malts to have some sherry to round them out.

Score: 77 out of 100

Dalmore 15 1999 Alexander Murray

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Paid: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Alexander Murray

Region: Highland

55.6% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, Oloroso, and married in sherry butts

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Tarnished gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, young malt (on a 15 year?), oak, dry sherry, orchard fruit, vanilla, and herbal after scent

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Dry spice, sour herbs, young craft whiskey taste, caramel, oloroso sherry, nuts

Finish: Almost rye like, with a herbal overtone, pepper and toasted oak with a good warmth and lasting finish.

Thoughts: After enjoying a few Dalmore IB’s I had higher hopes for this but it constantly reminded me of a young craft rye aged in sherry casks. I guess that’s the risk you run with IBs, as this is way off profile for any type of Dalmore.

Score: 70 out of 100

 

Dalmore 15

Dalmore 15

Price: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

40% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 15 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in Amoroso, Apostles, and Matusalem oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Extra e150a!

 


 

Color: Deep tawny e150a goodness

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sherry, dried fruits, raisins, muscovado sugar, malt, and oak

Mouthfeel: Watery

Palate/Taste: Sherry, dried fruits, caramel, light roast coffee, vanilla

Finish: Short, with little warmth, caramel, raisins, dried fruits, and a touch of ginger

Thoughts: Dalmore, why? Why do you filter, color, and water your delicious base malts into oblivion. I can taste the greatness you do your best to destroy, but it’s clearly there. You should forfeit your casks to me so that I may care for them as the scotch gods intended.

Score: 78 out of 100

 

Dalmore 10 2005 SMWS 13.47 “It’s a Knockout”

SMWS 13.47

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / SMSW

Region: Highland

59.3% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years (Distilled May 2005)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich churned butter, vanilla cream, honey, popcorn, butterscotch, and caramel

Feel: Medium-Full bodied

Taste: Butterscotch, pepper, oak, vanilla, floral, leather, caramel, and citrus

Finish: Warm and long, lingering ginger and butterscotch

Thoughts: It’s amazing how great Dalmore is without all the water and filtering!

Score: 88 out of 100

 

Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve

Dalmore Cigar Malt

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

Region: Highland

44% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, Finished in Oloroso Sherry and Cabernet Sauvignon barriques

Chill Filtered: Yes

Colored: 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.

Score: 80/100

Dalmore 12

Dalmore 12

Paid: $55 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned By: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

40% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon for 9 years, Final 3 years in a combination of Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

 


 

Color: Amber Brown, but noticeably colored for a 12 year as it is darker than my Macallan 18.

Nose: Mandarin oranges underlie sherried spice cake. Raisins and Rum. Overall an excellent nose.

Taste: What happened to the wonderful nose? The orange is still here with fruit cake and apples, but is a major disappointment after the lovely nose.

Finish: Medium in length, a sweet vanilla.

Overall: While I enjoyed this dram, the nose wrote checks that this whisky just can’t cash. Dalmore has far too many of its expressions at 80 proof for my sensibilities. I absolutely adore the bottle as it looks wonderful on my shelf so I suppose there is that.

Score: 76 out of 100