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The Dalmore Distillery is a longstanding establishment within the Northern Highlands of Scotland, nestled somewhat picturesquely on the shores of the Cromarty Firth. Though the unique proprietor, Alexander Matheson, opened the distillery in 1839 (with a mere two copper pot stills onsite) and first leased the positioning to the native Sunderland distilling household, the corporate modified arms and fell beneath the operation of Clan Mackenzie solely 28 years later, in 1867, when Alexander, Charles, and Andrew Mackenzie took over from the Sunderlands.
This resulted in a number of vital adjustments in the course of the ensuing years: in 1874 a further two stills have been constructed, doubling manufacturing. After Matheson died in 1891 the Mackenzies bought the enterprise in full. Probably the most seen change accompanying this switch of possession, nevertheless, might be seen on each single bottle within the type of Clan Mackenzie’s stag image.
Because the story goes, in 1263, Colin of Kintail, the Chief of Clan Mackenzie, saved the lifetime of King Alexander III by stopping a charging stag which was intent on goring the monarch. He was granted in change the privilege of utilizing for his personal clan the royal stag emblem. This, naturally, is the exact same emblem which now adorns each bottle of The Dalmore whisky.
Granted, there is no such thing as a modern proof confirming this story or, certainly, any undisputed historic Mackenzie lineage sooner than an Alexander Mackenzie (observe that it is a separate Alexander Mackenzie than the one who bought The Dalmore Distillery together with his brothers, Charles and Andrew) who lived someday in the course of the first half of the 15th century. But I’m blissful to grant The Dalmore the advantage of the doubt, if solely out of appreciation for story.
These days The Dalmore Distillery has as soon as extra doubled its manufacturing capability, housing a complete of eight copper-pot stills onsite. Their model was merged, nevertheless, with Whyte and Mackay a full six years previous to that growth, and Whyte and Mackay has, in flip, modified arms a number of occasions since. Presently the corporate is owned by Vijay Mallya’s United Manufacturers.
As for the whisky itself, The Dalmore Distillery has developed a singular identification over time, a mode of distilling that locations a powerful emphasis on cask choice. Virtually each single whisky is aged in a number of sherry casks of various varietals, with notably wealthy and complicated outcomes. This tactic has been in use for properly over a century now, and far of its success might be attributed to the shrewd alternative of building an unique association with the González Byass winemakers in the course of the distillery’s early years—a pure alternative, contemplating that each have been European family-run alcohol producers, and each had established these companies comparatively not too long ago (1835 within the case of González Byass and, once more, 1867 within the case of the Mackenzie Clan.)
Even so, partnering with such a fledgling group of wineries should have introduced some stage of threat. Fortunately, the chance paid off because the casks The Dalmore obtained—and proceed to obtain—from González Byass are actually irrevocably tied to the whisky’s profitable fashion.
The Dalmore 15-Yr-Previous Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the fruits of that fashion. The whisky is matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, however the ending is the place it will get a bit extra difficult. A number of sherry casks are used, together with an unspecified Amoroso in addition to González Byass’ personal Apostoles and Matusalem Oloroso sherries. These latter two casks are, naturally, completely out there to The Dalmore Distillery because of their longstanding relationship with González Byass.
One would possibly count on such a powerful sherry affect to impart an excessive amount of sugar, however The Dalmore 15-Yr-Previous Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky doesn’t, in spite of everything, endure for it. Somewhat, its sweetness is deep as a substitute of cloying, and although the sherry casks are actually noticeable, they help the ultra-smooth whisky, not distract from it.
Tasting Notes: The Dalmore 15-Yr-Previous
Important Stats: Aged in American white oak bourbon barrels 15 years, then completed in a wide range of sherry casks together with unspecified Amoroso, González Byass Apostoles, and González Byass Matusalem Oloroso. 40% ABV. $140.00/750ml bottle.
Look: The amber-adjacent colour of pure sugar caramel (versus butter caramel.) Excessive viscosity.
Nostril: Immediately it’s gently candy and fruit-forward. Because it opens up, notes of pink grape skins, morning dew, brown sugar, vanilla, and lemongrass seem one after one other.
Palate: The mouthful is beautiful, so tender on the gums and tongue as to almost be unbelievable and leaving solely the slightest tingle. Taste notes embody kiwi, mandarin orange, unfermented bread dough, and ginger. As well as, the residual flavors of the sherry casks are fairly noticeable, but restrained, sitting slightly below the whisky and offering a wealthy pink fruit base which the opposite flavors construct off of. Not a touch of peat or smokiness is current.