Dalmore is a distillery steeped in history. Itís located just north of Inverness in Alness. It sits on the shores of the Firth of Cromarty and has spectacular views over the Firth. The Distillery was established in 1839 and was bought by the MacKenzie family in 1886. The Stag on the bottles of Dalmore whisky comes from the MacKenzie family crest. The 12-pointed stag is a royal emblem. The MacKenzie family has the right to use the stag because back in 1263 a predecessor of the Clan MacKenzie saved King Alexander IIIís life. It is said that while hunting, the wounded stag charged at the king. In a gasp of desperation and before the stag got to the king it was killed by the Clan member. Dalmore Distillery is very different from many other distilleries as the stills are all different sizes and have flat topped stills. The different sized stills are said to give Dalmore its diverse flavors. The flat top stills came about because the original stills did not fit in the still house, so they cut the tops off of them. Happy with the spirit they produced, so they replicated the shape of the stills. Dalmore is owned by Whyte & Mackay Ltd. The distillery has eight stills, four wash stills, four spirit stills & they produce about 4,000,000 litres a year. House Style: Rich, flavorful, orange marmalade. After dinner.
Nose: Notes of tobacco, orange, and berry, drenched in dark chocolate and caramel and spiced with cinnamon and pepper. There is something else earthy as well, perhaps itís more leathery.
Palate: Entry is defined by sweet orange, but is quickly replaced by earthy dark chocolate spiced with cinnamon, pepper, and clove. Sweet caramel and vanilla are also present along with a number of fruit notes in the tropical spectrum including pineapple, kiwi, and mango. Also something woody, which gives this malt a rustic edge ó while still retaining its elegant character.
Finish: Spicy wood smoke.
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