Dalmore 12 years old has been the distillery flagship for almost four decades. It is a rich and powerful dram perfect to serve after dinner.
Dalmore 12 has always been a vatting of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry cask whiskies, married in ex-sherry butts prior to bottling. Dalmore Distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson and is currently owned by Whyte & Mackay. In 2014 the Philippine brandy producer, Emperador Inc. purchased the latter for £430 million. Here we got a bottle from the mid to late 1990s when Whyte & Mackay operated as JBB Greater Europe.
Nose: rich with pretty strong sherry notes, malt, coffee beans, orange zest, almonds, honey, traces of leather and oak.
Palate: rich and complex, malty, candied orange peel, prunes, dark chocolate, toffee, mixed nuts and hints of peat.
Finish: long and nutty, slightly malty, oranges, honey and fading hints of peat.