It should come as no surprise to long time readers of the site that we enjoy a sturdy Dalmore. With an average grade over the last decade of an A-, the Highland distillery consistently delivers on expectations of quality.
So when a cask strength 27-year old arrives through the post, excitement and anticipation rivals the YouTube unboxing videos that the youth of today are fond of recording. This sample arrives courtesy of South Carolina’s Total Beverage Solution, a clutch partner in spreading the gospel of independent bottler Signatory here in the United States.
There’s lots to love right from the onset: a beautiful mix of green apple, pear, and light floral notes on the nose. After adding a few drops of water it gets brighter, with the floral aspects diminishing, replaced by lemongrass and a light touch of oak. A bit hot on the palate at first, it quickly turns to expanding notes of pear and lavender before the influence of the bourbon cask shifts to vanilla and caramel. The finish is complex: light floral notes shifting on a gradient to darker over a wonderfully long period of time. Mild vanilla and oak shift to nutmeg and roasted hazelnut by the conclusion.
This is one of those drams where the chorus of Harry Nilsson’s “Without You” (or the Mariah Carey version, depending upon your generation) plays in one’s head during the ending. I was quite sad to see this one go. A sensational bourbon-casked single malt.
90 proof. Edition of 206 bottles. Cask #1745.
A / $300