Whisky Review #11 – The Dalmore King Alexander III

We have briefly introduced the history of The Dalmore in a separate post and King Alexander III was very much linked to the origins of the distillery. Considered the crown jewel of The Dalmore principal collection, this special creation by Master distiller Richard Patterson is the only single malt in this world that combines the greatness of six different casks. Yes, that’s right.. SIX! Other than the brand signature American white oak and Matusalem oloroso sherry casks, he added in spirits from Madeira, Marsala, Port pipes, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The result? A complex, yet smooth single malt – a true showcase of the Master distiller’s lifetime experience and creativity.

Awards:

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

World Whiskies Awards 2014
Silver  – Highland Single Malt No Age Statement

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

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

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013
Silver – Scotch Single Malt – Highland

Tasting Notes:

ABV: 40%

Colour: Deep Mahogany

Nose: Signature of Dalmore, the malty sweetness can immediately be captured. This is immediately followed by subtle aroma of fresh flowers with notes of berries. A slight spiciness ends it all. (15 points)

Palate: A complex palate of sherry and berries first captures the taste buds. Subtle tastes of chocolate and zesty orange follows, with a bit of spice. (15 points)

Body:  A well-balanced whisky. It is worth noting that the spiciness comes after the fruity flavours and it’s not over powering, similar to the 18 year old edition. (33 points)

Finish: The sweet fruity finish lingers in the mouth, with hints of chocolatey taste, and spice. (18 points)

Total grade: 81 points

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