Only 3,000 bottles of this single malt, which was matured for a quarter century, have ever been produced.
Situated along the banks of Cromarty Firth in the Highlands region of Scotland, Dalmore Distillery Distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, who had earned his fortune illegally importing opium from the Far East. In 1886, Matheson sold Dalmore Distillery to Clan MacKenzie, whose century-long stewardship and defining influence over the distillery is still evident today — the 12-point stag adorned on every bottle of Dalmore Distillery Whisky is derived from Clan MacKenzie's coat of arms.
Dalmore Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from plump, golden barley sourced from the rich, coastal soils of the Black Isle. Once the barley has been harvested, it is milled and mashed before being fermented with water drawn from the Cromarty Firth. That water, prior to reaching the firth, travels from Loch Morie through a number of peat bogs and limestone quarries, contributing to a slightly mineral and chewy mouthfeel to the whisky.
Once the barley has been fermented, the wash is distilled twice, first through Dalmore Distillery's copper-pot wash stills and then again through its copper-pot spirit stills (the stills date back to 1874). The wash stills have an unusually flat-top, while the spirit stills are equipped with cold water jackets. This unusual equipment — the water jackets rinse cold water near the top of the still — makes it difficult for the lighter elements of the whisky to pass through the still, and ultimately results in a more opulent and rich whisky.
Following distillation, Dalmore Distillery 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in five unique types of casks. First, the whisky is rested in American white oak barrels. After its initial maturation, a portion of the whisky is matured in 25 year-old Palomino Fino sherry butts while the remainder is matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Then, the fractionated whiskies are married together in bourbon barrels before being finally finished in Tawny Port pipes from Portugal.
As a result of this journey, the whisky has been "gifted a wonderful palate of orange peel, chocolate truffles and spiced gingerbread," says Richard Paterson, Dalmore Distillery's master distiller. "Dalmore Distillery 25 is a truly spectacular addition to Dalmore Distillery Principal Collection, and a must have for fans of the distillery."
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84 (42% ABV)
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Aroma of creamy vanilla, marzipan, orange zest and Christmas cake. Notes of rich citrus, peach, mango, orange are complemented by touches of milk chocolate, cloves, ginger and oil. Finish is long and complex, with a touch of tobacco, dates and orange.