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Dalmore Mackenzie

Homage to the Mackenzie Clan

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@WhiskyNotesReview by @WhiskyNotes

21st Jul 2010

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The Dalmore Mackenzie is a limited edition of 2400 bottles (+ 600 for travel retail) supporting the Clan Mackenzie Society. The bottle comes with a print of the Benjamin West painting “Fury of the Stag”, signed by John Mackenzie, the head of the Clan.

This famous Highland Clan owned The Dalmore for almost 100 years, and they are still connected through the family icon, the stag head, which The Dalmore uses to adorn their bottles. The partnership (which will not end after this special release) aims to raise funds to refurbish the Clan’s Castle Leod.

Nose: fragrant and fruity with redcurrant, cherry and fresh citrus (oranges, grapefruit). A hint of ginger. Underneath is a subtle aroma of mocha glaze and roasted nuts. Nice.

Mouth: on the palate it has more body than on the nose, with lots of spices. It’s nuttier (almonds, hazelnut) and even slightly smoky. Nutmeg and ginger again. Still some fruity notes, but dried fruits this time (prunes). A tad winey. Hints of vanilla. Fades on liquorice.

Finish: spicy with a return to candied oranges.

Dalmore Mackenzie is a good example of the Dalmore house style, while at the same time being lifted by the Port influence. Smooth and balanced, but a little expensive.

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4 comments

@ScotchHobbyist
ScotchHobbyist commented

Hi Ruben, Glad to hear you liked this. It's my favorite Dalmore so far. It's a little pricey, sure, but it's less expensive than the King Alexander III bottling. Nice review!

One question...why 70-75 points here, but 86 points on your web site?

Cheers, Jeff

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@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

As the star scale is 5 times less accurate than my usual 100 scale, I felt the need to stretch it open a little. So basically I only give stars to a score above 50... (x-50)/5 = star score

11 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

I always follow this formula by the way, so scores will always be comparable within its system. Without this correction, almost all of the scores would be 8.0, 8.5 or 9.0 which would make it very difficult to see a difference.

11 years ago 0

@ScotchHobbyist
ScotchHobbyist commented

Hmm...that sounds pretty reasonable. Now if only I could edit my review and change it.

11 years ago 0

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