The Dalmore

Cigar Malt Reserve

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 31, Issue 48, Issue 103
Brand: The Dalmore
Expression: Cigar Malt Reserve
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Dalmore Distillery, Alness, Highland, Highland, Scotland
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Malty. Rich and creamy. Lots of toffee. Mint chocolate. Fresh and lively. Cardamom. Quite complex.
Palate: Round and sweet. Good balance with the nose. The same rich mint chocolate note. A precise oak frame ties up the rich aromatic profile. Liquorice and raisins as well.
Finish: Lingering, fruity, sensuous.
Comment: A complex whisky, which needs time and attention to release its richness.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Gentle smokiness like chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Emphatic 'box of chocolates' aroma: Orange cream pralines in black chocolate.
Palate: Texture and flavour of chocolate mousse cake. Powdered cocoa. Then juicy maltiness and understated vanilla-pod dryness.
Finish: Biscotti: chocolate and plain. A hint of toast. Charcoal, oak.
Comment: Beautifully constructed, very distinctive.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Buttery. Gingerbread. Plum jam. Raisins dipped in chocolate. Prunes and dates. White pepper. Butterscotch.
Palate: Enticing. Lovely oily mouthfeel. Spicy plum chutney. Cinnamon, nutmeg.
Finish: Oaky, spicy, warm and long.
Comment: Oak calls the tune but does not drown out the choir. A classic afterdinner dram.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Weighty, stewed fruits, cocoa (Green and Blacks) bramble jelly, flambéed pineapple, clotted cream, blackberry.
Palate: Rich fat and sweet. Dried fruits, Dundee cake, pecan, cherry, plum/pruneaux. Chocolate.
Finish: Sweet, long, mixing dried and hedgerow fruits. Molasses.
Comment: This is a Rubens nude, waving as she flies past in a flash car.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Big, sweet, concentrated. Chocolate orange, cocoa, raisins, sticky toffee pudding, black fruits, Madeira-like, bitter-sweet. Needs water to calm it and show balanced oak clearly.
Palate: Big, fat, rich. Rum, raisin, kumquat peel/marmalade. Chocolate, dried peel, vanilla.
Finish: Bitter chocolate.
Comment: A bling-bling dram. Goes wonderfully with cigars! (and fur coats and gold jewellery).
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Malty/nutty to start with a little cedar and marmalade. Intense and quite fresh. In time it sweetens showing classic sherried notes: walnut and currant.
Palate: Nutty with blackcurrant leaf. There's a hint of sulphur and a youthful feel despite a thick, sweet mid palate.
Finish: Malty.
Comment: It's fine, but only suitable for a lighter stogie. Not a patch on the old version I'm afraid.
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