orange zest
sherry
dark chocolate
caramel
nutty
sweet
almonds
roasted coffee
raisin
Spiral Dalmore 12 Year Old

Dalmore

12 Year Old

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
Price:
$72.99
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.
 
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.

 

  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Highland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Dalmore
  • Bottler
    Dalmore
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Dalmore

12 Year Old

(0.75l, 40%)


7.2/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Dalmore 12 Year Old
anonymous
Great
Chippy
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
Best 12 year you can buy. Outshines vintages from other distilleries years older.
Jeff
My preferred 12 year old scotch. Smooth and slightly sweet
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
Flavored, colored scotch. Probably the most disappointing scotch I've had in a while. I cannot recommend this.
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
Luv it! So distinct and different.
James
Nuts and a hint of smoke. Quite a characterful dram!
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.
anonymous
Chocolat, sharp
Jeremy
Good
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.
anonymous
Abundance of dark red fruits on to the nose and palate along with spicy notes.
William
Good, but not my favorite. I need to drink more Scotch for more comparisons.
Stafone
This is a good Scotch. Lots of Orange zest and a sweet aroma that reminds me of brown sugar.
anonymous
Nice sherry, sweet, toffee and carmel
Chris
Smooth on the palette with a nice mouthfeel and finishes with a spicy kick. The opposite of Abelour.
Gregory
Very nice
anonymous
I received a bottle for Christmas, sorry for all my friends, too good to share
anonymous
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.
anonymous
Nice sweet fruity citrusy malty whisky. Nothing will blow your mind but it is sure to please.
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.
anonymous
Good midrange scotch
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