I’ve yet to find one, but I’d love to try a Dalmore with a few years on it that was matured in nothing but refill hogsheads, free from any sherry or wine influence. I think it would be brilliant to experience the naked spirit and see how it suits my palate.
Dalmore puts out rather intriguing and complex whiskies but, in all fairness, they’re rather adulterated and there’s a lot that can be massaged with the sweet notes of sherry or wine. I’m more than ok with this, as I do love nicely sherried drams, but it’s simply the nature of my curiosity and whisky nerdery that I’d relish the opportunity to see this malt a little more…exposed.
This is Dalmore at 15 years. A rather decent way along the path to maturity. The whisky here is deep and interesting already, bearing the hallmarks of nice spirit/wood integration and the great mellowing influence of time. Aged in 100% sherry casks (matusalem, apostoles and amoroso apparently), this is sweet, as you’d expect, but sweet in a rather moderate way. It has a great natural home preserves sort of quality about it. Deep red macerated fruits, ‘jammy’ is the term we usually use, are front and center, but the creamy nature of notes such as chocolate, caramel and custard temper any tendency to overpower with tangy fruits.
The strength here is in the nose. Palate is good too, but the nose definitely scores an extra point.
Nose: Pepper and florals. Caramel. Quite wine-y. Hint of raspberry coulis and other bold dark fruits; some dried and some fresh and jammy. Coffee. Lemon and orange. Chocolate covered strawberry cream. Fresh, but mellow, unlit tobacco. Creamy custard.
Palate: Wines are right up in front. Rather tannic. Bittersweet chocolate. Orange, as expected. Dries into woods and wine notes.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt