Ruby and I joined The Dalmore single malt whisky tasting at the Saujana Resort on 22 April 2016. The tasting was a pretty intimate affair and was limited to only 20 pax. Now I’ve been quite a fan of The Dalmore 12 as I’ve had it on a couple of occasions however I have never tried any of the other variants so I was quite looking forward to this tasting.
AROMA – Citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices.
PALATE – Citrus, oloroso sherry, vanilla pod.
FINISH – Roasted coffee and chocolate.
This was so lovely and creamy on the palate. Well balanced and oh so easy to drink! Great with ice or a splash of water too.
AROMA – Orange marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg.
PALATE – Mandarin, vanilla, ginger
FINISH – Christmas spice and oak.
Another smooth, well-rounder and easy to drink variant albiet with different flavours than The 12. This was Ruby’s favourite and I really liked it too!
AROMA – Vanilla, dark chocolate, orange
PALATE – Dark chocolate, candied citrus fruits, rich coffee.
FINISH – Citrus fruit, oak.
The 18 is rich, bolder and more robust in taste. Not for the faint hearted and definitely for the more advanced whisky drinker!
Cigar Malt Reserve
AROMA – Cinnamon, vanilla and red fruits.
PALATE – Tropical fruits, banana toffee and vanilla ice cream.
FINISH – Orange zest, bergamot.
This specially crafted whisky is made to be the perfect accompaniment to cigars. The whisky is matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, then finished in premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques.
I tried it on its own and didn’t quite like it. Then I took a couple of puffs of a cigar and took a sip and oh wow! It tasted so different and was remarkably nice! They are serious when they say it’s the perfect accompaniment to cigars.
King Alexander III
AROMA – Red berry fruits, fresh flowers, passion fruit.
PALATE – Citrus zest, vanilla pod, creme caramel.
FINISH – Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg.
Legend has it that in 1263, Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, fearlessly felled a charging stag which attacked King Alexander III of Scotland who had fallen off his horse. In return for saving his life, the grateful King gifted the 12-pointed Royal Stag emblem to the Mackenzie Clan as a reward. When descendants of the Mackenzie Clan took over the ownership of The Dalmore distillery in 1867, they continued to honour this brave act and proudly put the 12-pointed Royal Stag on the bottle. To this day, the Stag still adorns each and every bottle of The Dalmore.
This one was one of those whiskies that you can keep on savouring and savouring, as you uncover more and more flavours with every sip. Truly a sophisticated and complex yet smooth single malt whisky, and with quite a story behind it too. I savoured every sip of this one which is definitely for that really really special occasion as its not cheap.
After tasting the five variants, I must say that The 12 and 15 are superbly easy to drink. However if you’re looking for lots more depth, The 18 and the King Alexander III have so much flavours that you can slowly unravel them sip by sip. This whisky is not one of the more common/ commercialised ones in the market which is what makes it pretty special. Perfect for that special occasion or celebration.
The Dalmore is distributed by Luen Heng F&B in Malaysia, and is available in selected bars and entertainments outlets as well as specialty shops throughout Malaysia.
More info at http://www.thedalmore.com
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