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 Matusalem Oloroso casks. And that Matusalem Oloroso 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 flavors that they veritably explode into the Whisky during those last three years of maturation.
Smartass Corner: 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.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in The Dalmore 12 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.
It’s a nice easy drinker with a sweet and dark taste.
Sweet and smoky everyday sipper
Omg. It is amazing and so smooth. It’s my new favorite and now my friends too.
OMG. It's amazing. So smooth and easy to drink.
you can’t go wrong with Dalmore. Phenomenal spirit.
The issue I had this time around had to do with the shipping process. It was a nightmare trying to get the package delivered.
Get mostly malty and citrus notes on the nose. Taste has a lot of spicy, orange zest flavors and finishes with some chocolate and coffee notes. Pretty well rounded!
Great! Lived up to the hype.
not much of a Scotch guy, but after watching Richard Patterson and seeing how passionate he was about this, I had to try it. Not a peated scotch so I was super happy about that, not a huge fan of smoke. would recommend.
A very good sherry cask finish Scotch.
Some dark fruits and old barrel on the palate. I could not detect any smoke flavors.
8-8.5/10 would buy again.
its a very nice highland style scotch. but i'm a islay guy.
Hands down my favorite 12 yo. Very smooth and just quality all the way around.
Very smooth drink overall. Warm notes of vanilla and sweet citrus finish.
Delightful!! Heavy dried fruits (like raisins and dried orange), sherry, tree resin, honey, walnut, and wood. It's what I expect from a nice highland scotch, I don't care if they add E150, this is easily one of my favorites. I love sipping on this with just a bit of honey added to bring out the flavors.
It's velvety smooth, with rich notes of dark chocolate, toasted nuts, and dried cherries. A little bit of water only enriches the flavors. Love it.
Velvety smooth. Big chocolate flavor mixed with oak, citrus and a gentle smokiness. Delicious!
Definitely always been one of my favorites. The 15 Year is in my Top 5 Scotches and quite possibly my #1... to my they both have a nice "grassy or hay flavor" if that makes sense at all, and perfect balance of sweet and spicy, with smooth finishes.
This is a beautiful whisky - incredibly well rounded. The nose is vanilla and bright citrus (blood orange). In the mouth its full with chocolate and citrus but not overly sweet. One bit of advice - I find it opens up a bit slowly.....best off pouring it neat and letting it sit for a short while before enjoying it.
Smoky, Oaky, smooth sailing, just the way I like it.
Clear Favourite Whisky Personally..🤤
Delightfully smooth with cherry, vanilla, and gingerbread flavours and a touch of salt.
One of my personal favorite 12 year scotches. It's not terribly complex, but the flavor and feel are so pleasant that it doesn't really need to be. Nose is rich with orange and dark chocolate, with a palate that follows the nose pretty closely. The finish brings out more fresh orange and a pleasant but short burst of vanilla. The 12 year has a thicker mouthfeel to it than you would expect out of a 40% chill-filtered scotch which adds to the feeling of richness that comes with drinking any Dalmore. I like this one at least as much as the 15 year which is twice the price. This is a home bar staple in my book.
Love it. Liquid gold.
Very smooth. Really enjoy it.
Very strong on the sherry, seems to compete with other flavors rather than complement. Very enjoyable nonetheless
Great whisky! Strong sherry taste with hints of citrus, dark chocolate and vanilla.
Caramel and sherry
On the nose- Lots of Sherry with malt and clover honey, Ginger, hazelnut, citrus, Some spice in just a hint of sulfur
Palate- Tons of dried fruits and Sherry, and overall citrus note, Vanilla, plums, raisins, and a bitter sweet chocolate
Conclusion- This is a softer, thinner whiskey with a medium length finish, But the way the flavors are delivered to you is just beautiful one flavor unfolding after the next after the next. If this was 46% abv or higher this could be special
One of the best 12 year old whiskies I have tasted.
Love it. Nice finish with low bite and oak favor. Not smoky or peaty.
Very smooth sipping Scotch wiskey
Smooth, refined, excellent finish... worth the provenance they’ve established
Deliciously smooth and sweet
Smooth and sweet, easy-drinking
Ordered this off the top shelf at a small seafood place, it was very good.
A very mature and balanced spirit that highlights the knowledge and experience of the brand at a very accessible cost
Surprisingly close to the 21 yr Dalmore. On the smoother side, decent warmth, great straight.
On the sweet side as far as scotches go, but still has that distinctive woody taste. Easy to sip with some light fruit flavors.
it's Dalmore, enough said!
The best of the best! It is smooth with a kick. Yet flavorful and balanced. Be careful because it will sneak up on you.
I get a nice hint of tobacco and dark chocolate. Enjoyable, to be sure.
Great all around scotch. Caramel, vanilla and spices. Very well balanced with a nice finish.
Average. Lacking body and depth.
Love at first sip. Drink neat (easily done at 40%) and add a touch of water near the end to get even more notes! Amazing taste - not too dry, not overtly sweet. Perfectly balanced.
Not as light as I'd like nor spicy or proof enough. I wouldn't turn it down, but maybe I don't know how to enjoy it.
This really is my favorite scotch. Smooth with a variety of enjoyable flavors.
Toast and honey. Fruitcake and raisin. Approachable for all albeit overpriced
Leather, light baking spices and good tobacco. There's a touch of smokiness too. Definitely a staple in the collection.
Very smooth. A taste all it's own. I find the taste Unusual, but pleasing. I prefer the taste of other Scotch Whisky ahead of the Dalmore.
Smooth, good taste, right amount of flavor.
Proof is too low. Too watery. Taste is pleasant but not enough there, there.
Smooth with oak taste abounding. Finish was solid smooth with no afterburn.
I get raisin on the nose and taste. Sweet deliciousness. Almost done with the bottle and still soo good. A very different experience than any other Scotch that I have tried.
My go to.....
Good flavor,very smooth.
A little to sweet for me, but that's coming from someone who isn't generally a fan of super sherried whisky. HOWEVER - with a fatty pork shank this is hard to beat. Keep it around for fatty meals where it cuts through and shines.
Dalmore has a good flavor but always seems too oily for my taste. It's a whisky I would order at a bar with a limited selection. Probably a good introductory whiskey.
Didn't care for this, had bad after taste for my taste
Just magical. Perfection in a bottle.
Great finish with the sherry influence.
Great scotch. A swish through the mouth opens up the complex tastes within. Very smooth.
Instant classic. Would recommend to anyone.
complex- with each sip, I can taste something different. Ends on a sweet note almost every sip.
It's just a smooth tasting scotch. It is not overpowering!!