Dalmore 12 Year Old

Dalmore 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 40%)


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$64.99
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Somewhere in Andalusia a fresh oak cask of Matusalem Sherry is being rolled into the storage buildings where it will dream of the day—more than 30 years from now—that it will be emptied of its wine and shipped to the Highlands.

Alexander Matheson, a trader who made his fortune in illegal opium imports from the Far East, founded the Dalmore Distillery in 1839. It is located on the northern shores of the Firth of Cromarty, deep in the Scottish Highlands. The Dalmore changed owners many times throughout the years, with Clan Mackenzie being in control the longest.

Clan Mackenzie is to thank for Dalmore's signature twelve-progned stag included on all Dalmore bottles. The story of the stag goes back to 1263, when the head of clan Mackenzie heroically saved Scottish King Alexander the Third, with a single arrow to end the Stag's attempt.

All of Dalmore’s Whiskies start in ex-Bourbon barrels. Dalmore 12 ages 9 years in those Bourbon casks. Then, the spirit is divided. Half is re-casked in Bourbon barrels, and the other half—the magical half—ages three more years in Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Sherry casks. And that Matusalem Sherry is mystical stuff indeed. It is the Rolls Royce of Oloroso Sherries, having itself quietly rested at least 30-years. 
 
It is these barrels that hold the key. After three decades the barrels are so packed with incredibly dense flavours that they veritably explode into the Whisky during those last three years of maturation.
 
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The ex-Bourbon casks used in the making of Dalmore can usually be had for less than $100 each, but the 30-year old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Sherry casks cost upwards of $1500 each.

 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

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sherry
caramel
orange zest
spicy
almonds
dark chocolate
vanilla
sweet
raisin
What does Dalmore 12 Year Old taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Dark Copper
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma of being served a hot espresso and almond biscotti in an orange grove   
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Orange zest, spices, and mocha … maybe some toffee
 
Finish 
Oranges and spice and lingering almonds


Ratings & Reviews
guest
guest,
Caramel, smooth, warming
 
Brooks
Brooks,
A lovely single malt for fans of sherry cask aged malts.
 
Josh
Josh,
Super smooth with a sweet sherry finish. My new go to after a hard day at work!
 
Michael
Michael,
I've become a sherry cask believer. I doubt I'll ever go younger than 12 year old Whisky at home again!
 
Chris
Chris,
I added a couple of cubes of ice, it is hot here in SC, and had multiple pleasant evenings. The scotch is at a great price point, I love the depth and smooth sherry finish.
 
Tim
Tim,
This is for the sherry cask drinkers. It is a little bit spicy with a nice smooth finish. It is a great bottle of scotch for the price. I also appreciate the bottle design. The top 3 stars are for scotches that blow me away. My 7 star rating is for scotches that I will stock in the home bar and aren't so expensive that I won't drink them.
 
Ben
Ben,
One of my favorites for the price. You get a nice taste of the sherry cask at the end
 
guest
guest,
Love it goes down smooth and a great taste.
 
Toriano
Toriano,
Very smooth great taste
 
Sean
Sean,
Rich and complex. Caramel, citrus, and a nutty flavor as well. Makes me want to get comfortable with a fire and a good book
 
guest
guest,
Smooth, strong
 
Isaac
Isaac,
I enjoyed this, good flavor and smooth. Worth a try.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
I liked it
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Excellent scotch. Dark chocolate on the finish with notes of caramel up front.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
nice body. Tastes include sweetened tobacco chew and some light citrus/orange
 
guest
guest,
My go to scotch these days.
 
CJ
CJ,
Decent taste with a bit of edge on the finish
 
Tristan
Tristan,
Notes of red apple, sand paper, and maple on the nose. So incredibly smooth on the palate and easy. Definitely anew fav.
 
arthur
arthur,
Loved everything about this scotch from the bottle to the taste just enough sweetness definitely one of my favorites will purchase it again
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Wonderful flavor and color with distinct sherry
 
Ty
Ty,
Nice flavor profile and enjoyable. I do get a nice wisp of smoke. Dalmore 12 is let down by the fact it's chill filtered and bottled at 40%. It's a little thin and lacks richness as a result.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Not too much kick, a bit of sweetness, not my favorite but I'd drink it again
 
Jeff
Jeff,
My preferred 12 year old scotch. Smooth and slightly sweet
 
guest
guest,
Nice sweet taste! Also lightly smokey.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Just not a fan.
 
James
James,
Nice, tasty, smooth. Great with a nice thick T-Bone.
 
guest
guest,
Fruit and chocolate taste, smooth finish, highly recommend
 
Joseph
Joseph,
You can't go wrong buying this one. Extremely smooth and flavorful. The caramel and dark chocolate really stood out for me.
 
guest
guest,
Great
 
Alec
Alec,
A caramel sherried chocolate flavor with a very slight oily-ness about. The sherry lends a small floral background to it as well. Very drinkable very pleasant. Elaborately sweet nose, definitely take a sniff before sipping.
 
Chris
Chris,
Best 12 year you can buy. Outshines vintages from other distilleries years older.
 
Shana
Shana,
Love the spice, hints of citrus in the middle and finish notes, the first notes on the palette, however, are a bit too dull and lacking any distinct flavor(s) for my personal preference
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Flavored, colored scotch. Probably the most disappointing scotch I've had in a while. I cannot recommend this.
 
Jon
Jon,
My personal favorite brand of Scotch now. The initial nose is not at all what you would expect from an unpeated highland, but once you taste the dram it all makes sense. Very full bodied and extremely unique. Dalmore is a must try for any Scotch lover, just because of how original it is.
 
Jody
Jody,
Luv it! So distinct and different.
 
James
James,
Nuts and a hint of smoke. Quite a characterful dram!
 
Graham
Graham,
Very smooth drink. I picked up caramel and chocolate right away and a finish with a hint of raisin. Still time to enjoy and experience it more.
 
guest
guest,
Chocolat, sharp
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Good
 
Patrick
Patrick,
An excellent light Highland. A nice alternative to The Macallan. Although the price is starting to approach that of the Macallan which is unfortunate.
 
guest
guest,
Abundance of dark red fruits on to the nose and palate along with spicy notes.
 
William
William,
Good, but not my favorite. I need to drink more Scotch for more comparisons.
 
Stafone
Stafone,
This is a good Scotch. Lots of Orange zest and a sweet aroma that reminds me of brown sugar.
 
guest
guest,
Nice sherry, sweet, toffee and carmel
 
Chris
Chris,
Smooth on the palette with a nice mouthfeel and finishes with a spicy kick. The opposite of Abelour.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Very nice
 
guest
guest,
I received a bottle for Christmas, sorry for all my friends, too good to share
 
Michael
Michael,
Strong, intense Sherry notes with raisins. Toasted vanilla with hints of milk (not dark) chocolate. Almond is there, but it's hard to find. Licorice.
 
guest
guest,
Nice sweet fruity citrusy malty whisky. Nothing will blow your mind but it is sure to please.
 
William
William,
Simply amazing! With nose of chocolate espresso and orange peel, the taste of spice, almond and oranges with a finish of smooth spice and sherry, this is one of my go-to bottles.
 
guest
guest,
Good midrange scotch
 
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