The Dalmore Port Wood Reserve / 46,5% / –
The Dalmore Distillery was established in 1839 by Alexander Matheson in town of Alness in northern Highlands. Whyte & Mackay, the distillery main customers, took over in 1960 and have been running Dalmore ever since (since 2014 Whyte & Mackay operates as subsidiary of Emperador Inc. of the Philippines). Dalmore produces a little over 4 million liters of spirit per annum and big part of that contributes to Whyte & Mackay blends. The brand annual sales crossed one million bottles mark in 2015. Dalmore single malt is usually associated with sherry wood but back in 2017 released three vintages finished in Port casks. Dalmore Port Wood Reserve was introduced the following year; the whisky initially aged in white American oak casks was transferred into Port casks sourced from W&J Graham’s then bottled at 46.5% abv.
Nose: lots of red berries, figs, candied orange peel, raisins, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, dash of cinnamon, hints of tobacco and oak.
Palate: raisins, blackberries, black cherries, plums, honey-roasted nuts, caramel, milk chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: medium long, sweet and spicy, dried fruit, espresso, cinnamon, cloves, and oak.