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Dalmore

A vertical tasting of five drams from Dalmore.

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Dalmore 12 year old

Dalmore says: "Matured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being carefully divided. One half continues its maturation in bourbon barrels, the other half is transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks. Complex, yet balanced, The Dalmore 12 year old is the epitome of the Dalmore house style."

We say that this is an excellent fireside dram, with a touch of that orange liqueuriness that marks it as unmistakably Dalmore. I'd love to know what a non-sherried Dalmore tastes like, though. Just a thought.

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Heavy and intense. Molasses, sticky toffee pudding, treacle, marmalade, overripe oranges.
Palate: A little lighter than you might expect, given the nose. Toffee and orange peel. Rich and rounded with a peaty undertow.

Retails for around £35-40

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Dalmore 15 year old

Dalmore says: "Twelve years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, then a three year finish in three different sherry woods - Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso. A robust, yet elegant spirit".

We say: this is a step up in class from the excellent 12 year old. Because it’s a Highland malt, you expect a little earthiness in there and this is more evident here than it is in the 12. We did a vertical tasting with the 12, 15 and 18 and we all agreed that this was the version we preferred out of the three.

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Lively, light and fresh (surprisingly). Pineapple. Spiced apple. Tropical fruits. Lemon skins.
Palate: Rich and voluptuous. Lively and spicy. Cleansing and oaky. Citric and mouth-puckering. Licorice and lightly smoked.

Retails for around £45-50

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Dalmore Tweed Dram

Dalmore says: "The Tweed is the most prolific salmon river in the British isles, flowing majestically through the beautiful and historic Borders countryside from its source high in the open hills above Moffat. Tweed is at its most scenic in the latter half of the year as the leaves begin to turn, the air gathers a chill, and the world famous autumn Salmon run arrives".

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Light and fruity. Light sherry. Victoria plums. Slightly musty. Dates. Clementines. Fruit salad chews.
Palate: Rich with a hint of Parma Violets (in Dalmore???). Seville orange and lime marmalade. A light and fruity finish.

Retails for around £35-45

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Dalmore Tay Dram

Dalmore says: “The mighty river Tay is renowned as the largest of Scotland’s great salmon rivers. The “Silvery Tay” is steeped in fishing legend and is famed for Salmon of prodigious size. The most famous of these, which weighed in at a staggering 64 pounds, was caught by Miss Georgina Ballantine in 1922. Miss Ballantine’s record remains unbroken, even today”.

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Sherried and rather closed. Ripe grape. Slightly sulphury. Candy. Strawberry jam
Palate: Immensely spicy. More of the rich sherry. Macaroons. Raspberry and redcurrant jam.

Retails for around £45-50

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Dalmore Spey Dram

Dalmore says: “The River Spey is world-renowned as a classic Salmon fishing river which runs through the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country. In recognition and celebration of the iconic status of the River Spey and those who travel from around the world to fish it, we have created this exclusive expression of the Dalmore.”

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Aromatic. Toffee. Blood oranges. Sherry. Menthol. Doughy. Dried fruit. Peaches. A hint of smoke.
Palate: Soft, then a blast of sharp wood spice. Sherry. Caraway seed. Softening to a doughy, coconutty vanilla.

Retails for around £35-45

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