There are some milestones in life that are simply incomparable. Your first kiss, your first paycheck, the first time you beat Super Mario even though your sister would only let you play as Luigi. These are all life changing events that help define who you are, and yet all of them pale in comparison to your first taste of Scottish Whiskey. Let's go on a journey to Alness, Scotland and find out what makes the Dalmore 18 so special.
What's the story?
The Dalmore's story begins during 1263AD in the highlands of Scotland. The badass leader of Clan Mackenzie was out for a stroll near his century-old distillery. As he's avoiding nettle and cursing the cold, wet weather, he hears King Alexander III's fearful scream. Like a boss, he sprints through those stinging little devil plants to save him. A stag is pretty upset with the King and charging at him (I imagine they had a heated disagreement over which rugby team is the best). The kilt-covered clan leader jumps in and using only his bare hands, subdues the beast. Since that day, King Alexander III has granted the Mackenzie Clan use of the 'Royal' 12-pointed stag symbol.
What does it taste like?
Aroma: Vanilla, dark chocolate, orange and cinnamon
Palate: Dark chocolate, candied citrus fruits, rich coffee, nutmeg and cloves
Finish: Citrus fruit, oak and spice
They take the heavenly golden nectar and age it for fourteen years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. But that's not enough. They transfer it to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry wood casks for another four years. Weighing-in at a respectable 43% ABV, the Dalmore 18 has a provocative, bold initial flavour with a lingering aftertaste of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Should I buy it?
If you're a Scotch aficionado then yes, absolutely. If your whiskey-drinking experience is limited to doing shots of JD on your friends’ birthdays… start with something more accessible.