Whisky Review #10 – The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve

The Dalmore Cigar Malt was created by Richard Patterson due to his love for whisky and cigar. A third cask was added into their usual two in the maturation process – the premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques. This innovative combination of spirits from three different casks produces a fine whisky with rich flavours and is perfect for pairing with cigars.

There was actually an older edition that was discontinued in mid-2009 and it caused a huge uproar among the cigar-smoking fans. This ‘new’ edition is slightly different from the discontinued one as it is now made up of slightly older whiskies.

If you are a cigar lover, you might be awed when you find out the flavour benchmark for pairing this whisky – Partagas Serie D No. 4!

Awards:

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017
Silver – Scotch Single Malt – Highland

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Silver – Scotch Single Malt – Highland

International Spirits Challenge 2014
Silver  – Distillers’ Single Malts 12 years and under

Tasting Notes:

ABV: 44%

Colour: Golden Amber

Nose: The distinctly sweet toffee aroma catches our attention immediately. Shortly after comes the smell of charred oak, ending it all with a slight spice. (14 points)

Palate: The sweetness of toffee fills up the palate, followed closely by burnt caramel. Strong nutmeg spice envelops the mouth as the whisky stays longer. (14 points)

Body: Good balance between the nose and the palate, making it a well-rounded whisky. The sharpness of the spice is cushioned comfortably by the sweetness of toffee and perfect integration of sherry and wine casks.  (34 points)

Finish: The finish is medium, with a lingering sherry oak sweetness. (15 points)

Total grade:  77 points

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