Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon barrel first fill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
I’m ending the tasting of Scottish bottler Dràm Mòr’s Spring releases with this very young speysider, from a new entry on the blog.
Dalmunach takes its name from the nearby pond close to the River Spey, and was founded as recently as 2014 by Pernod Ricard ownership in what was the site of the late Imperial.
In 2013 Chivas Brother, given the renewed interest in whisky, needed new blood for its blends, and since renovating Imperial would have been costly, it was decided to start from scratch with a new distillery, which incorporated “pieces” of the old one during construction.
There are currently only two official bottlings, both aged four years, released between 2019 and 2020.
260 bottles from a first-fill, cask strength ex-Bourbon cask filled in 2016.
The nose is herbaceous and rich with cereals, leavened bread, vanilla, banoffee pie, wild strawberries and wildflower honey. You get all of its youth, but without alcoholic exuberance, which is really appreciable.
It enters the palate with a warm spiciness, of pepper and dill, on a medium body of custard, nuts, green apple, banana, salted caramel. Rather simple and straightforward, it softens along the length losing some of its youthful harshness.
Medium length, slightly saline finish of nuts, banana, apple, vanilla toffee.
From such a young whisky it’s difficult to expect a strong personality or great depth, but it defends itself well in a pleasant, straight dram, not overcharged, holding up well in a cask that is wasn’t exactly light.