Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Emperador Inc.
Average price: € 92.00
Official website: www.thedalmore.com
Like all passions, the passion for whisky is characterised by strictly personal impulses: we get informed, we study, we look at the characteristics, but in the end the impulse to buy is largely guided by an imponderable instinct. Because we have a liking for or attachment to a distillery, because at that moment we are in the mood for a certain blend of flavours, because perhaps we associate pleasant sensations with that bottle.
And, sometimes, simply because it appeals to us aesthetically.
The study of packaging is an essential component of any commercial product, and whiskies are no different: think of the complexity of the Chivas Regal packaging of the past (you can see a photo of it on our Instagram profile), or to stay in the contemporary world, the inlaid bottles of Highland Park.
Or the colour of whisky itself, whose hue we associate (willingly or unwillingly) with precise suggestions, which is why so many artificially intervene to modify it.
Dalmore is no different: its bottles are a concentration of very British elegance, both in their unusual shape and in the imposing stag’s head that decorates them.
And elegance (luxury, by their own admission) is what is often associated with this distillery, whose portfolio boasts labels such as Cigar Malt, King Alexander III, Luceo, Dominium… compared to the recent trend of associating Gaelic names that are often difficult to pronounce, Dalmore maintains a rigid decorum, as if it looked at the others with a certain detached arrogance.
But is all that glitters gold?
If you were to look at the colour of the whisky, the result of so much colouring, you’d say no: the final ageing of 3 years in ex-Sherry casks (Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem Oloroso) is certainly what you’d want to evoke with its inviting ruby red, an all-too-familiar easy trick.
The nose at least is consistent, immediately discovering the sherried finish in an elegant way, combined with hints of orange and ripe fruit. There is a notable waxy aroma, just like freshly polished wood, that amalgamates everything. Sweet but delicate.
The sweetness becomes more pronounced on the palate, with caramel and fruit tart, combined with sultanas and woody hints. Very sweet, perhaps even too sweet, to the point that at times it seems to have cola on the palate: a few more degrees of alcohol might have made it more balanced, who knows. Instead, it seems to have the handbrake pulled, ready to blossom but blocked at the very end (a whisky interruptus, in short).
The finish is not very long, caramel and sweet (and, yes, still with a hint of cola).
The scent (and colour!) suggested a more complex and complete experience, but instead it remains a pleasant but not exciting dram: it may appeal more to those who particularly like sweetness, but at this point I’d rather pour myself a PX…
The Scotch Noob