Dalmore Port Wood Reserve
Dalmore is a distillery i can have a bit of a love/hate relationship with due to their extensive use of sherry casks and my love of ex bourbon casks. There are also some brilliant single cask examples of Dalmore in bourbon casks and some that i love with a port influence including the old Travel Retail exclusive the Dalmore Valour.
This Dalmore Port Wood Reserve is new on the Dalmore reservation and draws away entirely from the normal style as unlike the Valour there is no sherry influence at all, this has simply been matured in american oak ex bourbon and then finished in tawny port casks, specifically from W&J Grahams.
There are a few things in here that really make it work for me, the lack of sherry, the increase in ABV (to 46.5% ... why the hell did that not happen to the new Juras?) and port influence which is something i utterly love.
This is tasty, seriously tasty, juicy tropical fruits, clotted cream fudge and rum babas mix through the whole palate which is set alight by this dram. stripped back and with none of the pissing about that normally happens with whiskies in the Whyte and Mackay Stable, this dram is effortlessly good and one i will definitely be grabbing a bottle of.
Available now from specialists like Abbey Whisky
Thanks to Scott from Whyte and Mackay who let me sample these fine drams.
Sweet treacle toffee and jam notes, ex bourbon notes of vanilla and light tropical fruits, clotted cream fudge, dark brown sugar, hints of spice, cinnamon, touches of oak woodiness, flat cheap cola, aromatic leaf bitters.
Spiced rum babas, plum chutney, plum jam, dark brown sugar, more of the fudge, cinnamon coming in strong now and vanilla and cola, home made donuts.
Tangy cinnamon and rum babas