Ah, The Dalmore. How I hardly know ya. Similar to Jura, I’ve only had a few experiences among the many variants. The 12 Year Old is an excellent introduction to the brand, and a personal favorite within my current single malt repertoire. Throughout the time it took me to sample all of the products in this review, I was actually thinking to myself why had not broaden beyond the 12. My previous opinion was that it was more of a connoisseur brand, fetching astronomical prices for its older products [which is true].
However, The Dalmore does have an excellent range of core products. Its characteristic flavors of rich spice, sweet sherry and dark chocolate give it that distinguishable Highland profile [that I love]. I’m not one to bloviate, but I was truly impressed. Since I spent the last couple weeks going back-and-forth between the various samples, I actually ended up purchasing a bottle of the 15 Year Old and Mackenzie. I think that speaks volumes.
Dalmore Gran Reserva
Intense oak aromas. Citrus and chocolate notes amalgamate with sharp all-spice and light tobacco. Nice round finish -86
Lush fruit nose. Light ginger and molasses layers amazingly with dark cocoa notes and smooth sherry. Excellent, smooth and warming finish -91
Hugh sherry notes through the nose. Lots of caramel, rich marmalade with light cinnamon complexity. Oily sherry finish -87
Big oaky toffee aromas. Lots of berry fruit, intermingled with vanilla and soft honey notes. Creamy velvet finish [excellent with a cigar] -92
Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III
Awesome nose - sweet toffee. Cocoa and berry with powdered sugar is intense and delicious. Light citrus fruit and almond on the finish -93
Whether you are a fan, hater, or dipping your toes for the first time, I’d recommend giving it another go.