Dalmore Port Wood Reserve
The Dalmore Port Wood Reserve is a unique single malt from the Port Wood series by Dalmore, one of the traditional distilleries in Scotland.
It first matured for about 14 years in American white oak barrels. Then half of the barrels were transferred to special port wine barrels from the W&J Grahams winery in the Duoro Valley in Portugal. In these barrels, the Dalmore Port Wood Reserve gets a long finish of another 2-3 years before both parts are reunited. The port distillery Grahams is known for its particularly mild and creamy port wine. Due to his long experience and good relationship with this his cask supplier, Master Blender Richard Paterson from Dalmore chose for this special malt quite old barrels from the 70s and 80s.
There is no age on the bottle, which is quite surprising as the aging time is more than generous and gives this single malt a great deal of complexity and depth. The fact that this carefully and patiently matured Scotch does not have any age information is a clear understatement.
Where does it come from?
The Dalmore Destillery is located in the Northern Highlands in Alness, on the coast of the Cromarty Firth. Long owned by the Scottish nobility, the Mackenzie clan, it can look back on an interesting history.
The water for production is drawn from the Alness River, which rises in the Highlands and contributes to the soft and floral taste of Dalmore single malts. Around 4.2 million liters of distillate are produced each year in 4 large wash and 4 spirit stills. The 9 warehouses of Dalmore are awe-inspiring for whisky fans as they hold nearly 65,000 casks and some of the oldest whiskies in the world. The most expensive bottle of Dalmore, a 62-year-old single malt, was auctioned once for 25,000 pounds and allegedly drank that same night. There can hardly be a better statement of what a Dalmore is worth to whisky connoisseurs.
How does it taste?
In the finish, the Tawny Port Pipes pass over the Dalmore Port Wood Reserve intense fruity notes of red berry compote, wrapped in ginger, fine citrus aromas and a hint of toffee. A full, deep bouquet of complex notes of candy cake, blood orange and caramel unfolds on the tongue. Accompanied by spicy gingerbread and a breeze of tart coffee, the taste remains wonderfully round and soft. Even in the long, warm finish, the hint of the good old port remains on the tongue. Compared to the 15-year-old single malt, this special edition has even some more depth and is priced absolutely fairly.
A very special dram that will also delight lovers of non-smoky whiskies with special barrel aging and a convincingly long aging time.
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Type: Single Malt Whisky
Nose: Fruity notes of sweet red berries, orange, spicy clove, candied ginger, plums and toffee
Palate: Citrus notes of blood orange, creamy caramel, roasted chestnuts and light bitter coffee notes
Finish: Intense notes of plums, raisins, oranges and cherries, spicy gingerbread and tobacco