Dalmore Dominium

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.

Dalmore Luceo

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.

Dalmore Regalis

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.

Dalmore Valour

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.

13.49 Apple Olive Oil Cake

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.