The Dalmore 18 Years Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
43% ABV/86 Proof
$150 to $165
What the Distillery Says:
Blended in the inimitable Dalmore style, combining primary aging in American White oak with finishing in sherry casks, this expression strikes the perfect balance between a forceful youth and the elegance of age.
Color: Reddish-to-dark brown with copper highlights
Nose: Soft hints of pine and lemongrass coupled with spicy cinnamon. Nut aromas from the sherry butts, yielding to chocolate, oranges,
dried flowers and spice
Taste: Delicate oak notes from 14 years in American White oak casks.
Orange and citrus move to the fore, with sweet molasses, chocolate spiced cinnamon, truffles, rosemary and clove flavors from four years in Matusalem sherry butts playing against the sweet smokiness of the malt
Finish: Medium-long, with a progression of lingering dried fruits, spice
and toffee flavors
What Richard Says:
Nose: Sherry heavy and not as sweet (lacking the sweet orange notes) of younger Dalmores. Heavier with a nutty quality and very spicy.
Palate: It reminds me of southern brown gravy. The savory notes come through in that kind of way. It doesn’t taste like gravy there’s just something there that I can’t pinpoint. There is a lot of oak and I get some rosemary and espresso bean too.
Finish: The finish is moderately long and I get a nutty sweetness with some dark chocolate hanging around.
Comments: This is another Dalmore I can’t trade up for. It’ll take the Gran Reserva over this. It’s still a stand out malt but given the price point and some odd palate subtleties I can’t recommend it beyond that.
Rating: Stands Out
What Matt Says:
Matt has not had a chance to review this whisky yet.
We would like to thank Laura with The Baddish Group for providing us with review samples.