King Alexander III is The Dalmore’s highest-end (and most expensive) whisky in its standard lineup, as well it should be owing to its over-the-top production process. Specifically, it’s a batching of whiskies finished in a whopping six different cask types: ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, Port pipes, and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques. Whew!
A complex whisky? You better believe it.
This is a beautiful single malt, right from the start, with its rich and inviting nose of rich caramel, brown sugar, toasted coconut, and lingering caramel corn notes, all mingling with notes of jasmine and incense. The body is loaded with flavor, running through a wide gamut of flavors, including charred fruit, raisins, fresh plums, and plenty of those incense notes again. The finish sees more of the traditional, bourbon-barrel-finished character coming through, vanilla and caramel notes, with silky malt and lingering spices hanging on for the long haul.
A lovely dram from start to finish, it’s truly one to savor.