Score: 8.4 / 10
Type: Highland Single Malt
Ever since went whiskey hunting for the first time, I have been enamored by the Dalmore bottles. The presentation and price combination makes me think, That must be some first class juice. I had always wanted to try some of them, but they are just usually a little expensive to gamble on. Plus...... who buys these? I mean seriously, I have never seen anyone in the store grab one of these. The stores that carry them never run out, and from all of the scotch groups that I am in, I have never seen someone post a photo excited to have one of these. However, the distillery was founded in 1839. This is a very highly respected scotch distillery.
Flash forward, I finally have a bottle of the 15yr that I got for 79.99. FYI, that is an impossible price! If you really love this stuff or want to try it, I know a place in Denver Colorado that has had it on the shelf for that price for years and it still sits. Seriously, contact us if you want to know and I will tell you where it's at.
Scotch whisky is allowed to use coloring, and that is what I believe is going on here. The whisky is so dark in color. Most scotch uses used charred oak barrels from the US, which should lead to lighter final colors at similar ages. However, after tasting this I am not sure. Everything from the fruits to taste even tastes dark haha. So where do I stand on this whisky? Well.... I don't really like it all that much, but very highly respect it. It is wild. It is unlike any scotch I've ever had. The review below will probably raise a few eyebrows. It doesn't resonate with my palate , but the whisky itself does what it does very well.
Nose: Strong dark maple syrup, saturated pancakes, blackberries, fig, nuts, honey, fresh cut wood and a small does of ethanol
Palate: Dark berries and fruits, charred oak, peach, plum, maple syrup, tannic leather
Finish: Short. Apricot and other stone fruit takes over, tannic leather, smoked barley
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Notes: Availability? Common. Sold most places. The 4 expressions of their core line usually all are stacked together. It's pretty hard to miss the iconic Stag on the front of every bottle.