THE 12 – ANDREW MACKENZIE’S MASTERPIECE
The Dalmore 12 year old, with its intricate aromas and flavours, is recognised as a whisky with character far beyond its age. This was Andrew Mackenzie’s original masterpiece and stood apart from the norm of the day. At a time when it was standard practise to mature whisky for no more than 6 years, Andrew Mackenzie demonstrated his pioneering character by doubling the maturation period. His boldness truly paid off, The Dalmore 12 year old still stands apart as an exceptional whisky today, as it did then.
Matured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then divided for its final flourish. One half remains in the bourbon barrels, while the other is transferred to exclusive 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts before they are reunited to create this phenomenal whisky.
AROMA – Citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices.
PALATE – Citrus, oloroso sherry, vanilla pod.
FINISH – Roasted coffee and chocolate.
WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso.
The Dalmore 15 year old is smooth, rich and well rounded; the epitome of The Dalmore house style.
This delicate and approachable vintage is initially matured for 12 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. The character of The Dalmore 15 is achieved by then splitting the whisky equally between three different sherry woods; Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso for a further three years. The spirit is finally married together in an upstanding sherry butt, allowing the flavours to infuse.
AROMA – Orange marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg.
PALATE – Mandarin, vanilla, ginger.
FINISH – Christmas spice and oak.
WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Amoroso sherry, Apostoles sherry, Matusalem oloroso
THE 18 – ABOVE AND BEYOND
An evolution of The Dalmore house style, this 18 year old expression harnesses bolder notes. A robust and formidable whisky, The Dalmore 18 year old showcases the result of extended maturation and the influence of the wood.
Matured initially for 14 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts for a further four years. These sherry butts from the world-renowned sherry house Gonzalez Byass are selected exclusively for The Dalmore.
AROMA – Vanilla, dark chocolate, orange.
PALATE – Dark chocolate, candied citrus fruits, rich coffee.
FINISH – Citrus fruit, oak.
WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso
THE 25 – AS EXCEPTIONAL AS IT IS UNIQUE
The Dalmore uses a completely unique cask finish to create their revered 25 year old. Matured initially in American white oak, the whisky is carefully divided into rare hand-sourced 25 year old sweet Palomino Fino sherry butts and 1980 first fill bourbon casks.
These exceptional whiskies are then expertly married together in bourbon barrels before being transferred, for the final time into Tawny Port pipes from Portugal, for a totally unrivalled finish.
The 25 showcases the dedication and creativity of Richard Paterson in his pursuit to find incredible casks for The Dalmore.
AROMA – Exotic fruits, marzipan, treacle toffee.
PALATE – Orange peel, chocolate truffles, liquorice.
FINISH -Demerara sugar, bitter chocolate.
WOOD FINISH – First fill bourbon cask,American white oak ex-bourbon, 25 year old sweet Palomino Fino sherry, Tawny Port pipes
CIGAR MALT RESERVE – ONE OF A KIND WHISKY FOR CIGAR LOVERS
Matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, it is then finessed in premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques.
AROMA – Cinnamon, vanilla and red fruits.
PALATE – Tropical fruits, banana toffee and vanilla ice cream.
FINISH – Orange zest, bergamot.
WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso, Premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon
KING ALEXANDER III – THE EMBODIMENT OF BRAVERY
In 1263, Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, took a bold decision to stand up and be counted, and felled a charging stag which attacked King Alexander III of Scotland. 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.
To celebrate the pioneering and innovative values of the Mackenzie Clan, our Master Distiller has painstakingly created the only single malt in the world to unite a unique six cask finish for one outstanding achievement. Spirits matured in ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, Port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques are combined in perfect harmony to create a uniquely complex, yet smooth single malt. This is the embodiment of brave creativity and a lifetime’s experience.
AROMA – Red berry fruits, fresh flowers, passion fruit.
PALATE – Citrus zest, vanilla pod, creme caramel.
FINISH – Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg.
WOOD FINISH – Matusalem oloroso,Port pipes, Marsala, Madeira, Cabernet Sauvignon barriques, American white oak ex-bourbon.