Let me start by saying that I’m very much a beginner at Whisky tasting. Nonetheless I hope this review is helpful to those in a similar situation.
Over Christmas I held a party for a group of my closest friends. I bought some barrels of beer, organised a massive BBQ & 12 hour drinking session. It was fantastic & unbeknownst to me they got together to get me a gift to say thankyou, The Dalmore 18…. I’ve got damn good friends.
About the Distillery: I really enjoyed reading the short snippet on the legend of the Dalmore heritage, which is on the back of Dalmore 18 box. Legend has it that Colin of Kintail, Chief of the clan Mackenzie, saved King Alexander III of Scotland from a charging stag, way back in 1263. The King was mighty grateful of this act and awarded him the lands of Eilean Donan & the rights to use the stag which was a crest of royalty.
A fascinating heritage but the distillery wasn’t actually set up until 1839 on the shores of the firth by Alexander Matheson. It currently has capacity for 4.2 million litres across it’s range of 12-25 year old single malts. The Dalmore Distillery has certainly marketed & branded itself to the high end with some special edition ranges selling for nearly £1million.
About the Range: The Dalmore 18 sits at the top of the spectrum of their core single malt highland whisky offering.
The Nose: The nose is modest, you instantly are met with the notes of cinnamon & dark chocolate alongside a sweet sherried nature. The longer notes are that of a rich oak, vanilla & coffee which when combined produce a lovely rich warming scent.
The Palate: The warming nature of the nose continues on the palate with a entry of coffee, raw cacoa, cinnamon and cloves. A mildly spicy nature from the cloves, nutmeg & cinnamon combined with oaky influence works wonders in this well balanced experience.
The Finish: Cracking, a lovely lingering combination of oak, clove, and sherried sweetness.
Thoughts: It’s sublime, I personally love the cinnamon & clove notes which really create a warming & smooth texture. The production process certainly comes through with the sherry & oak flavours to create a well balanced highland. I have yet to try the Dalmore 15 which I’ve heard can compete quite well with this I will update this post once I’ve done that. Some of it on the way!
The Dalmore 18 Year Old, Highland Whisky