Dalmore distillery was built in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, who immediately leased it to the Sunderland family, who ran it for over thirty years until 1869, when the lease was taken over by three Mackenzie brothers, Alexander, Charles and Andrew. The number of stills was doubled from two to four in 1874 and following Alexander Matheson's death ... Read More »
A 1999 vintage Dalmore under the Connoisseurs Choice label of independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. The distillery gained notoriety in 2002 when a 62 year old release became the most expensive bottle of whisky sold up to that point, at just over £25,000.
A triple matured expression of Dalmore originally launched for the Travel Retail market. This was aged in a combination of first fill ex-bourbon casks from Boston and Clermont, oloroso butts from Gonzalez Byass and port pipes.
The latest expression of Dalmore is an 18yo, and it's just as smooth, spicy and sweet as fans of this distillery would hope. Bottled at 43%, which is a great step forward for owners W&M, but we can't help thinking this would be even better at 46%.
To make this Dalmore King Alexander III, Master Distiller Richard Paterson has selected a range of differently-aged malts matured in a mixure of French wine casks, Madeira drums, Sherry butts, Marsala barrels, Port pipes and Bourbon barrels from Kentucky. A remarkable feat of blending.
An old bottling of Dalmore at 12 years old. This carries a beautiful gold and black label and was bottled for the Italian market in, we estimate, the 1980s. Dalmore was home to the Royal Navy from 1917-1920 when they used the distillery to make American mines.
First released in 2013, the Dalmore 25 is matured initially in American white oak before a second maturation in a combination of Palomino Fino sherry butts and first fill bourbon casks. These are then married together in bourbon barrels before a finishing period in Tawny Port pipes.
A delightful old bottling of Dalmore at 20 years old. This was bottled in the 1960s, when the distillery had just been purchased by Whyte & Mackay. Serge Valentin on whiskyfun.com gave it 93 points and commented it was sweet, fruity and full of secondary flavours.