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Clan Mackenzie is to thank for Dalmore's signature twelve-
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.
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.