The 18, as The Dalmore refers to this release, displays an age statement of 18 years. The first 14 years of this single malt’s existence are spent aging in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. This portion of the process is fairly standard in terms of many Scotch whiskies. It is in the late maturation stages that this particular release defines itself.
A relationship with the González Byass sherry house has resulted in an exclusive selection of 30-year-old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts being provided to The Dalmore. This is where the whisky is transferred in order to mature for a final four years prior to bottling.
The distillery describes the 18-year-old as “an evolution” of the house style. Let’s taste and see what exactly that means.
The latest expression of Dalmore is an 18yo, and it’s just as smooth, spicy and sweet as fans of this distillery would hope.
Fruity and spicy with notes of vanilla, orange zest and potpourri, marmalade and sweet milk chocolate. A touch of leather and sultana.
A delicious fireside dram with notes of chocolate raisins, juicy citrus, stewed fruits, old sherry and pepper.
A long, fruity finish ending on almond, buttery toffee apples and cocoa.
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