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November 15, 2021


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Three wee Dalmore

Dalmore Still
All the time beloved the stills at Dalmore! Particularly the flathead that jogs my memory of some Harley-Davidsons of previous. And all of the oranges within the make. And the unimaginable tales and tales by the Grasp Blender, whose moustache has all the time been smarter than mine…

Dalmore 'King Alexander III' (40%, OB, +/-2020)

Dalmore ‘King Alexander III’ (40%, OB, +/-2020) Three stars and a half

A fairly poshy NAS that they first launched round twelve years in the past if my reminiscence serves me nicely. Sadly solely at 40% vol. whereas it is fairly a bit of too costly… Color: full gold. Nostril: what’s actually nice right here is that this child’s actually and integrally on honeyed oranges, triple sec (Cointreau, Grand-Marnier) and gentle natural teas for senior residents, equivalent to chamomile (manzanilla in Spain, nothing to do with the beautiful finos from Sanlucar). Superior nostril, extraordinarily coherent, with even touches of rhum agricole and toasted brioche coming by. So, so far as the nostril goes, it is fairly flawless. Mouth: these 40% vol. didn’t actually get any larger or extra expressive than after I first tried this barely pedestrian King. It is a fairly dry malt, fully completely different from what the nostril had been suggesting, with notes of burnt wooden and tobacco, black tea, a barely bitter maltiness and, sadly, little or no orangeness, besides a number of tiny touches of Sevillian marmalade. End: fairly quick, a bit of drying. A bit burnt caramel, black tea, stems, oak… Feedback: good juice – in spite of everything they have been assembling six completely different sorts of wine casks – however the minimal energy would not fairly do it justice on the palate and I might say it grew to become drier on over time. However what a nostril!


SGP:451 – 83 factors.

Let’s discover some pure sherry fairly than a byzantine mixture of casks…

Dalmore 11 yo 2007/2018 (55.6%, Hart Brothers, sherry butt)

Dalmore 11 yo 2007/2018 (55.6%, Hart Brothers, sherry butt) Three stars

All the time a pleasure to come back throughout a current bottling by Hart Bros. They usually had ‘deviant’ drams, in the perfect senses of the phrase deviant. Say completely different, intriguing, uncommon… Color: white wine, so it wasn’t first fill sherry. Nostril: not first fill sherry certainly, that is austere, porridgey, very grassy, type of metallic, and completely not on oranges, not to mention on chocolate (some Dalmores are fairly chocolaty). Malt extracts, stout, antirust, bitter beer… Very rustic to date, however certainly that is all completely different, intriguing and weird. With water: enormous, and I imply enormous uncooked maltiness, with extra porridge and a bit of honey that makes it a bit of simpler. Mouth (neat): very creamy, with a fino-y facet, some pungent mashy, peppery and citrusy notes (bitter oranges), artisanal mead, one thing chalky and leafy… Have I discussed rusticity earlier than? With water: there, we tamed it. It is nonetheless very malty and meady, and peppery, and grassy, however I am additionally discovering some fairly Dalmore-y orange honey. Inexperienced pepper within the aftertaste. End: lengthy and rustic certainly and considerably tougher than the King Alexander. Feedback: not the simplest Dalmore I’ve ever tasted, but it surely’s bought some pretty (grassy) moments. Vive la distinction!


SGP:361 – 80 factors.

Dalmore 29 yo 1991/2021 (57.9%, Hunter Laing, First Editions Authors' Series, for Sun Favorite Taiwan, No.88, 178 bottles)

Dalmore 29 yo 1991/2021 (57.9%, Hunter Laing, First Editions Authors’ Sequence, for Solar Favourite Taiwan, No.88, 178 bottles) Five stars

There is a very distinguished gentleman on the label however sadly I can not learn Chinese language, now make certain that as quickly as I be taught concerning the title of stated creator, I will amend accordingly. May very well be the Chinese language poet Xu Zhimo, having stated that (would you please verify, pals?)… Color: gentle gold. Nostril: there, a complete completely different ballpark, with flying oranges and a few very fragrant mead. We’re bordering perfection on the nostril, even when it’s a wee bit robust, thus type of blocked at 58% vol. Moist contemporary marzipan and a bit of white nougat, maybe… With water: fairly divine oranges, cassata, halva, a wee chalkiness, muesli, focaccia with orange blossom water, contemporary brioche… Within the phrases of the very inspirational (to us) Rowan Atkinson, that is ‘very good’. Mouth (neat): nice indications of an ideal Dalmore, only a tad robust as soon as once more. Some sides remind me of these previous official cumbersome black label bottles with their silver or golden letterings and their loopy plastic caps (12 or 20 years previous). Nice bottles, these, as are most elderly Dalmores. With water: impeccable, grassier, with notes of olive oil and extra contemporary marzipan, maize bread maybe, orange blossom water, pistachios… All that’s simply good, actually. End: lengthy, with a number of oils. Pine nuts, grape pips oil, plus some bitterer, a bit of terpenic parts within the aftertaste. Resins, propolis… Feedback: a really humorous inexperienced, resinous, bitter aftertaste after a fairly simpler improvement. Very cool, excellent. So, Xu Zhimo certainly? Top-of-the-line Dalmores I’ve tried this 12 months (and final 12 months). Nearly 91.


SGP:561 – 90 factors.

 

 
   

 

 

 

 



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