Dalmore

Posted 17 November 2017

Dalmore Dominium sits at the top of the distillery’s Fortuna Meritas Collection. It is comprised of white that’s been matured in American white oak and finished in Matusalem sherry casks. What’s a matusalem you ask? It’s a sherry cask that’s been enriched (read sweetened) with 25% Pedro Ximenez. It’s a VORS sherry meaning that the casks used must be at least 30 years or older. The expression is bottled at a ABV of 43% as opposed to the other Fortuna Meritas Collection entries which all come in at 40%. It’s delivered in a standard 70cl bottle and is available from Master of Malt for £97.36 as of writing.


Posted 23 March 2018

Dalmore’s larger than life Master Blender Richard Patterson has a reputation for experimenting with wide arrays of cask types. Take the Quintessence, released to celebrate Patterson’s 50 years in the industry, for example – there you have five different Californian red wines (all unique varietals) combined together for five years of finishing on top of an initial (probably quite lengthy) ex-bourbon maturation. Skilful stuff to achieve an overall balance – and an expensive resulting whisky. But, there’s another example of Patterson’s blending craft that is in some ways even more impressive, and certainly a lot cheaper – King Alexander III.


Posted 17 November 2017

Dalmore Luceo, translated as ‘I shine’ from Latin is the 3rd part of the distillery’s Fortuna Meritas Collection. Again, like many Dalmore expressions, its origins lie in American white oak, but this has been enriched through the use of Apostoles sherry casks. Apostoles is a type of sherry from Gonzales Byass that is designated at VORS: Vinum Optimum Rare Signatum – or Very Old Rare Sherry. Only sherry casks 30 years or older can bear this designation. Luceo comes in a standard 70cl bottle (despite being a travel retail expression), and is bottled at 40%. You can pick a bottle up from Master of Malt for £78.30.


Posted 17 November 2017

Dalmore Regalis is part of the Fortuna Meritas Collection originally released in 2017 for travel retail, but now commonly available. Drawing its name from the Latin for ‘regal’ or ‘royal’, the bottling is a combination of American white and first fill amoroso sherry casks. Amoroso is a type of oloroso sherry that has been enriched (sweetened). It comes in a litre bottle at 40% ABV and is available from Master of Malt for £67.


Posted 17 November 2017

Dalmore’s Valour was first released in 2015 as a global travel retail exclusive – it was added in to the Fortuna Meritas Collection subsequent to the initial announcement of the new range. It’s therefore the only bottle in the Collection without a proper Latin name. I’m somewhat surprised that once Valour joined the other Fortuna Meritas bottlings that it didn’t have its name updated to match the other expressions – ‘Virtus’ as the Latin version of valour would work perfectly to my mind. But, I’m sure that having established the bottling as Valour and once sales figures were tallied, commercially there was no need to mess with the branding.


Posted 09 November 2017

Up to the Highlands for a 9 year old Dalmore that was distilled on 29th May 2008 and matured in a refill ex-Bourbon barrel for 9 years. One of 168 bottles. Spicy & Sweet flavour profile.


Posted 06 July 2018

Dalmore time – no Paterson wine cask messing here – just a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel and 10 years of maturation. Spicy & Dry profile.


Posted 09 May 2018

Dalmore 12 year old is matured for 9 years in ex-bourbon casks. Then half of the liquid is re-racked into ex-oloroso (Matusalem style – an aged solera, where PX has been added to sweeten) sherry casks for a further 3 years of finishing, whilst the remainder continues to slumber in ex-bourbon. This latest edition was first released in 2008 replacing the previous 12 year old Dalmore and is quite dark in colour – certainly much darker than one might expect for a single malt where only 50% of the liquid has been matured in sherry casks for just three years. So, it is highly likely that E150a caramel colourant is in play here. The bottling is delivered at 40% and costs around £40 here in the UK.


Posted 09 May 2018

Located in Alness, a few miles north of Inverness is Dalmore distillery. In the early part of the 20th Century the site was repurposed by the Royal Navy to produce munitions and sea mines – one of which detonated and destroyed much of the site in an accidental explosion in 1920. Nowadays, the distillery and much of its whisky is positioned by owners Whyte and Mackay as a ultra-premium and luxuriant – and bottles with 4 and 5 figure price tags are far from uncommon. But, things were quite different in the decades before, and in the 1970’s, not long after control of the distillery had been wrested back from the Royal Navy, most of the production was destined for blends, with only the 12 year old available in single malt form.


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