If you are a regular reader of our blog, you might have recognized that I really appreciate whiskies matured or at least finished in sherry casks. Here we go with a 16 years old Dalmore from The Maltman. It spent most of its maturation time in a bourbon cask, but was put into an Oloroso sherry cask for the last twelve months of its “slumber”. And that is what makes this whisky so special. Though it is summertime right now, this Dalmore kind of reminds me of a Christmas specialty called “domino steine”. These treats, which are made of marzipan, gingerbread, jelly and dark chocolate, are quite popular here in Germany. Although they are predominately sold during the winter months, I am also really fond of this delicious flavour combination during the hotter times of the year.
Eye: Glossy-golden amber.
Nose: Sweet and fruity with notes of peaches, plums and a little dash of lemon. All these fruits are wrapped in a thick layer of marzipan and topped with a few drops of caramel sauce.
Palate: Upon first touching your tongue, the liquid is really smooth and soft. Though it just spent one year in an Oloroso sherry cask, you can taste the sherry right away. Besides this, there are also a lot of sweet fruits like sugared peaches, strawberries and plums. Over all lies a distinct chocolate flavour.
Finish: Medium long and very smooth with lots of sweetness and even more chocolate.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Highlands)
Alc. volume: 46%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~70.00 Euro
More info: http://meadowsideblending.com/the-maltman/ (Bottler) ; https://www.thedalmore.com/ (Distillery)