Considered the Dalmore’s flagship bottling by many in the industry, the 15 year old carries on from the 12 in its sherry finishing. This expression is aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon American oak and then finished for a further 3 years in a combination of ex-amoroso matusalem and apostoles sherry casks. This is a great malt to enjoy with a fat cigar and sophisticated conversation.
Appearance: Dark mahogany.
Nose: Woody vanillas with dried spices and citrus.
Taste: Fruit leather, glace cherries and Christmas pudding.
Finish: Spiced mulled wine, orange and lingering tobacco.
Overall: The use of sherry butts continue to add length in the form of tannic leathers and dark red fruit notes in this otherwise fruity and spicy dram.
If you want a dram to put you in the festive mood look no further than the Dalmore 15. Full of flavours that remind you of Christmas, this is a dram to enjoy while roasting your chestnuts. Also, a good option if you or the person you’re buying for is a fan of mulled wine.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of The Dalmore 15, you could also try Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban or The Balvenie 17 Doublewood.
Unusually, rather than have their own sherry casks produced to specification, the Dalmore distillery favours ex-solera casks. These casks have been used to age sherry for decades, meaning the wood isn’t as active as a seasoned cask, meaning less of an oak influence during finishing.
The Dalmore Distillery.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
Owned by Whyte & Mackay and situated in Alness. Mainly used for Whyte and Mackay blends, The Dalmore now has a core range of expressions.
ABOUT THE LIQUID
An intensely sherried malt full of Christmas spice.
Water, Malted Barley, Yeast.