Dalmore 15 Year Old

A few cold symptoms meant I had to leave the advent calendar for a day to give this Dalmore 15 a fair shot. After a rubbish day at work though I thought I deserved a treat. So monday night was a two drammer.

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The Distillery

Dalmore distillery is found in Alness, 20 miles north of Inverness. It is owned by White & Mackay and the master distiller is Richard Paterson. A man who needs no introduction and is well known as quite a force of nature!

The distillery was founded in 1839 by a Mr Alexander Matheson who sold it on 28 years later. Today, Dalmore has 4 sets of stills producing 4.2 million litres of alcohol a year. The house style is of a fruity, sherried  whisky positioned very much as a premium product. Under the leadership of Richard Paterson it also has a reputation for releasing a lot of expressions using many unusual cask finishes or “cask hopping”. More often than not, these special releases also come complete with quite an astronomical price tag.

The Dram

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Dalmore 15 is presented at 40% ABV and probably contains E150A and also probably chill-filtered. With all that considered there is no need to describe the colour since I suspect it is fake anyway. In standard Dalmore fashion this expression has been in Atusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso Sherry casks and can be found for £54.88 here.

Tasting Notes

Nose – Orange Liquor and you know actually like a glass of sherry. Given the strength I am   surprised how strong the smell is. It really billows out the glass

Palate – more oranges, cinnamon and winter spices. Just think a white Christmas night

Finish – Long finish of orange, parma violet sweets and spices.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this dram. The nose really makes it for me. There is so much going on I would be happy to turn it into an air freshener if I am honest. The palate and finish did not give me much more than the nose though. I wish I knew what an expression like this was like at 46% and unchill-filtered.

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