Dalmore 15 y.o. single malt whisky
It’s time for us to get into the „snooker zone“. Maybe this is not an appropriate beginning for presentation of whisky, but it sounded original to me. Since the past few days I managed to try some good malt beverages from Scotland, came time to touch and this special whisky for me. Why is so special, you’ll find out in the following lines.
One of the reasons to became passionate about whiskey was exactly The Dalmore brand and to be completely accurate – the man, who defines its development in the recent years. His name is Richard Paterson. I already wrote about him once, and you can get more information about the man „Hello! How are you?“ by clicking on the link in red. Except technologist and blender, Paterson is also a person with stage presence, who attracts the audience with its spontaneous and frank manner. In the mentioned link you can watch videos with his participation and you will be convinced in my words. But now a few words about the distillery.
It was built in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, in Alness, near Inverness. Matheson wasn’t one of the law-abiding citizens, as he accumulated his fortune by the opium trade. In 1917 production ceased as the Royal Navy were using the warehouses as factories to produce mines. Because of the improper management by the militaries, a fire broke out and damaged big part of the distillery’s integrity. Therefore Andrew Mackenzie, who managed it at that time, initiated legal proceedings against the Navy. A few words about the Mackenzie family. They bought the distillery in 1886 and the legend says that an ancestor of the Mackenzie Clan saved King Alexander III /there’s a whisky with that name, which will be available on The Dalmore Masterclass at the Whiskey Fest/ from a rampaging stag whilst out hunting. In reward, almost like in a fairytale, the grateful king allowed him to bear a token with a stag’s head, which in turn is recognizable symbol of the Dalmore brand. In 1960 the Dalmore was merged with Whyte and Mackay, which led to an increase in the production capacity. Several other distilleries, including that of Jura, joined to the Whyte and Mackay family and the company was acquired by Indian owners. After so much theory I head to the delicious part.
Aroma. Exceptionally pleasant, fruity, raisins, apples and apricots, chocolate, brandy, honey, sweetness, caramel, coffee /cappuccino, chocofreddo/, tiramisu, light wood. The taste is very soft and pleasant. Honey and sweetness again, without a trace of peat. The finish is long with prominent honey flavor, sherry notes, additional sweetness on the palate, coffee, liqueur, light citrus – grapefruit and light bitterness.
Assessment: 91/ 100.
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