The Dalmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch: A couple of weeks back I had the honour of attending a tasting session with none other than, the exuberant Master Distiller, Richard Patterson from Whyte & Mackay, who of course own The Dalmore along with other whisky distilleries. I had the pleasure of sampling some of their best expression and among them was this limited edition 21-year-old scotch. Founded in 1839, The Dalmore (which translates to ‘the Big Meadow’) is notorious for being robust but yet musky and full of some of the most beautiful notes. With the use of of a mixture of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, Dalmore’s new make is perfect for sherry wood maturation. This leads to a rich and sherried nose, with sweet malt, fruit cake and oranges. This of course makes for a very enjoyable dram. As mentioned, The Dalmore 21 is a one-off limited release of only 8000 bottles worldwide, with only 1200 remaining in the UK. Matured initially in American white oak and then transferred into first fill Matusalem oloroso sherry butts – this 21-year-old expression is something a little special.
On the nose: you’ll experience intense notes of oranges, chocolate, nutmeg and ginger stem. This is closely followed by notes of sherry, marzipan, cinnamon, poached pears, and a welcomed meaty note. Notes of a leathery nature start to emerge followed by balsamic vinegar, some light spicy notes and liquorice. On the palate: you’ll experience an intense but comforting note of ground coffee, followed by a dark chocolate ganache. Notes of spicy nature start to filter through, coupled with cinnamon, apples and that lovely meatiness experienced on the nose. The palate is nicely rounded off dried mixed fruits and orange zest tanginess. The finish: is long, spicy, with lingering ginger and balsamic vinegar.
The verdict: I’ve tasted Dalmore expressions but this 21-year-old dram was something a little more special than what I had tasted before. It is so rich in flavour, with plenty of depth and some of the most beautiful combination of notes that are well married. With a ABV of 42%, I personally didn’t need to add any water but if you feel the need, then add just enough until it’s right for you.
The Dalmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found in-store or online at The Whisky Shop for approximately £350.
For more information on this 21 Year Old expression, visit the official Dalmore website.