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.
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.
Rich and complex. Caramel, citrus, and a nutty flavor as well. Makes me want to get comfortable with a fire and a good book
I enjoyed this, good flavor and smooth. Worth a try.
I liked it
Excellent scotch. Dark chocolate on the finish with notes of caramel up front.
nice body. Tastes include sweetened tobacco chew and some light citrus/orange
My go to scotch these days.
Decent taste with a bit of edge on the finish
Notes of red apple, sand paper, and maple on the nose. So incredibly smooth on the palate and easy. Definitely anew fav.
Loved everything about this scotch from the bottle to the taste just enough sweetness definitely one of my favorites will purchase it again
Wonderful flavor and color with distinct sherry
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.
Not too much kick, a bit of sweetness, not my favorite but I'd drink it again
My preferred 12 year old scotch. Smooth and slightly sweet
Nice sweet taste! Also lightly smokey.
Just not a fan.
Nice, tasty, smooth. Great with a nice thick T-Bone.
Fruit and chocolate taste, smooth finish, highly recommend
You can't go wrong buying this one. Extremely smooth and flavorful. The caramel and dark chocolate really stood out for me.
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.
Best 12 year you can buy. Outshines vintages from other distilleries years older.
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
Flavored, colored scotch. Probably the most disappointing scotch I've had in a while. I cannot recommend this.
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.
Luv it! So distinct and different.
Nuts and a hint of smoke. Quite a characterful dram!
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.
An excellent light Highland. A nice alternative to The Macallan. Although the price is starting to approach that of the Macallan which is unfortunate.
Abundance of dark red fruits on to the nose and palate along with spicy notes.
Good, but not my favorite. I need to drink more Scotch for more comparisons.
This is a good Scotch. Lots of Orange zest and a sweet aroma that reminds me of brown sugar.
Nice sherry, sweet, toffee and carmel
Smooth on the palette with a nice mouthfeel and finishes with a spicy kick. The opposite of Abelour.
I received a bottle for Christmas, sorry for all my friends, too good to share
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.
Nice sweet fruity citrusy malty whisky. Nothing will blow your mind but it is sure to please.
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.