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Dalmore 18 Year Old

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Dalmore 18 Year Old

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  • Brand: Dalmore
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 18 year old

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The Dalmore 18yo is the first "serious" whisky that I've bought.

For appreciate this whisky there would patience; this dram has need of time and "love" for reveal the own quality. Unfortunately these quality aren't ample... the good there's undoubtedly but limited almost at an mononuance. It's not rich of flavours...

Despite all, also if not expansive I love this this dram and recommend the purchase at least at the Highlands whisky fans.


I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Paterson recently and one of the whiskies he shared with us was the Dalmore 18.

Very much like Mr Paterson's personality the nose is big! Huge creamy chunks of sugar and vanilla. Like dipping your head in a bucket of caramel. As you shake your head from side to side capturing all the sweet honey vapors you're hit in the face with black berries and strips of licorice. Then there is the unusual aroma of black salt. Like picking up a black rock on the beach and smelling the salt on it.

A lot of flavors on the palate though I'm not sure always in balance. The dry delivery brings with it the obvious honey and vanilla notes. Then there is the black salt. It appears suddenly and then just sits there among the toasted nuts. A second sip makes you think of banana smeared on wood and then drizzled with a few drops of citrus.

Once again I am torn between Mr Paterson's infectious enthusiasm and my own palate. It is not my favorite dram but there is something unusual about that black salt that's stuck to me for some reason. Just to experience that I will drink this one again.


This one is aged in American Oak for 14 years, then another 4 in spanish sherry butts.

Nose: Orange, Cherries dipped in honey , sultanas and vanilla. Very yummy nose. A lot sweeter than the 15 year old.

Palate: Fruity, sweet, big sherry notes here, the sultanas and cherries playing a major role, as well as some cake and chocolate notes in the background. lovely, This is a sherry heavy-duty dram.

Finish : Long, sweet, cocoa and chocolate, with the odd orange peel adding a wee ‘zing’.

Bottom line: Both are very well made, but the 18 is much sweeter, thicker and for a sherry-head like me, it does the job better. Loads of that sweet, gooey nice sherry i like so much. Richard Paterson has done an exquisite job here. Well done! Worth the extra $$$ / £££ in my opinion. I need one of those in my bar . Stat! (i have the 15 already).

one of the best sherried I've ever tasted..

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