Whisky Review #08 – The Dalmore 12 Years Old Whisky
This is the entry level of The Dalmore series. Aged 12 years old, this whisky from the Highlands spent its first 9 years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. Half of the spirit is then transferred into 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks for the final 3 years. These spirits are then married together for bottling. What results is a rich and beautiful single malt because of the added maturation in sherry cask – a bold process in making a 12 years single malt.
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017
Silver – Scotch Single Malt – Highland
Colour: Golden Amber. Unlike other 12 year old whiskies, The Dalmore 12 years has a darker hue, due to the 3 year maturation in sherry casks.
Nose: The sweetness of caramel fudge floats to our nose the moment the bottle is opened. Strong vanilla with a hint of citrus follows after. (15 points)
Palate: Hint of spice hits the tongue before the sherry sweetness takes over. Thick and velvety smooth feel with delicate citrus notes. (15 points)
Body: A well balanced whisky that is velvety smooth. Easy to drink, suitable for after dinner. (32 points)
Finish: A medium-long finish that is slightly dry; sweet with toffee notes and a hint of vanilla. (18 points)
Total grade: 80 points