The Dalmore’s heritage dates back to 1263. It was in this year that an ancestor of the Clan Mackenzie, owners of The Dalmore distillery for over a century, saved King Alexander III from the fury of a charging stag. In recognition of this noble act the grateful King granted the Clan Mackenzie the right to use a 12 point stag, representing a ‘Royal’, in their coat of arms. This striking icon has since adorned each bottle of The Dalmore, symbolising The Dalmore distillery’s regal legacy.
The Art of The Dalmore
The Dalmore is crafted using a 150 year old artisan process passed down through the generations. Eight hand beaten copper stills of variable shape and size deliver a full flavoured and complex new spirit, which is then enriched over the years in the finest American white oak ex-bourbon casks and hand selected oloroso sherry butts. Master Distiller Richard Paterson then makes his final selection, harmonising the spirit of the chosen casks in bespoke sherry butts until he decides that the precious contents are ready for bottling.
Matured initially for fourteen years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the whisky is then transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry wood for a further four years. Bottled at 43% alcohol by volume, The Dalmore 18 year old offers a provocative and intense taste experience with an enduring aftertaste of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Aroma – Vanilla, dark chocolate, orange and cinnamon
Palate – Dark chocolate, candied citrus fruits, rich coffee, nutmeg and cloves
Finish – Citrus fruit, oak and spice