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 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.
Dalmore's extra-special 40yo is the leading light of Whyte & Mackay's Rare & Prestigious range. Dalmore ages better than perhaps any other Highland distillery, and these long-aged Dalmores are increasingly sought-after by collectors. The casks used for this 40yo were a mixture of American oak and sherry casks from the world-beating Gonzalez Byass.
Another impressive bottling from the folks at Dalmore, matured for almost four decades in bourbon casks before a final 18 month stint in 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem sherry casks. It's named for the latin word for 'Constellation' and is certainly rather shiny. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
Inspired by and named after the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, just 200 bottles of this Oloroso sherry cask 1964 vintage Dalmore have been released. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whisky - Scotch
Very similar in character to the Dalmore 50yrs in the crystal decanter (they are from the same batch of stock), this is an earlier presentation from the 1970s and is packaged in a smart black ceramic decanter within an individual wooden case. Dalmore ages better than perhaps any other Highland distillery, and gives Macallan a run for its money in the quality stakes, but stocks are always very low.
Bottled in 1978 into just sixty beautiful cut crystal decanters, the casks for Dalmore 50yo were laid down in the 1920s, and some of the spirit is reputed to have been distilled in the late 19th century. This is one of the best 50 year-old whiskies ever produced and is the personal favourite of many connoisseurs worldwide.