Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - This scotch appears a deep amber color, but the palate is rather light and lifted with flavors of orange and lemon zest and a sourdough bread malty-ness. The finish is feather-soft, clean, pleasantly sherried..April/2016
The Dalmore 15 year old is smooth, rich and well rounded; the epitome of The Dalmore house style. This delicate and approachable vintage is initially matured for 12 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, then split equally between three different sherry woods - Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso - for a further three years. The character and complexity of The Dalmore 15 are acquired during this unique cask journey. The spirit is finally reunited in an upstanding sherry butt, allowing the flavours to marry.
The Dalmore 15 is matured for 12 years in bourbon seasoned casks, then finished for 3 years in 3 different sherry woods. Pour 2 oz in a glass, walk away for 20 minutes then inhale the delightful aroma packed with caramel, toffee and chocolate. A rich, full-bodied presentation welcomes the palate thanks to the bourbon cask maturation. This is no chocolate sledgehammer, though. The flavors promised by the nose are delivered with subtlety. This is quite a nuanced scotch. And, did I mention smooth? Seriously smooth. Dangerously smooth. The Macallan 12 introduced me to the world of single malt scotch. The Dalmore 15 is a stellar example of why I love single malt scotch. As always, Wine Chateau’s care in packing, speed in shipping and customer service are unprecedented.