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The Dalmore Luminary No.2 The Collectible 16 Year Old




Whisky Review: The Dalmore Luminary No.2 The Collectible 16 Year Old

Tasting Notes:

Released alongside The Dalmore Luminary No.2 The Rare 49 Year Old, this 16 year old expression comprises 20,000 bottles. The whisky was matured in ex-bourbon before being finished in a combination of Graham Tawny Port pipes and Apostoles Sherry casks. Also in the mix is a small amount of peated Dalmore whisky, which is an unbelievable rarity.
Amontillado Sherry
This is all over the place, but in a good way. You definitely get some subtle smoke kicking around. That is mixed in with some sweet honey notes, lime zest, dried apricots, powdered/chalky candy, madarin/slightly tart orange. The nose is almost split with these earthy and fruit driven sweet notes, then massively contrasting with this subtle smoke moving its way in and out of the sweet flavours. The smokiness could even be called smoked soy bean, even bordering on soy sauce. But in a way that is positive.
Hard boiled fruit sweets (pineapple and peach), hot chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, slightly drying smoke, vanilla cream, choux pastry. If you chew on this and bring a lot of air into your mouth it does get rather oak driven and nicely spicy. Still unsual to have this in a Dalmore, but I am forgetting that it is a higher ABV than normal for the distillery. It gets a little ashy and earthy with liquorice and vanilla.
Warming Christmas spices. Loads of mase, cinnamon and star anise, a gentle rise of heat, slightly mineral style smoke at the very end. Stepping into Island territory. There is a rum element to this in the taste, too. It’s like a hevay molasses, ester driven, Jamaica pot still style flavour to it. Super unusual.
This is a lot of fun, but is quite closed across the board. It does come alive more on the finish, and gets better with time in the glass. I do feel that cask strength would have really elevated this expression.

The Dalmore Luminary No.2 The Collectible 16 Year Old 2024 Edition

The Dalmore Luminary No.2 The Collectible was released alongside the iconic The Rare 49 Year Old as part of The Dalmore and V&A Dundee‘s collaboration: The Luminary Series. The multi-year partnership began in 2022 with the release of a 48 year old and a 15 year old, of which Mark was an avid fan. This year, The Dalmore has unveiled a 49 year old and a 16 year old.

The younger of the two yearly releases is called ‘The Collectible’. These whiskies are much more accessible that the one-of-three, super old, super expensive Rare bottlings. The Dalmore Luminary No.2 The Collectible comprises a 20,000 bottle release, allowing fans to own a piece of The Dalmore & VA Dundee whisky and art.

As with the 49 year old, the packaging of the 16 year old was designed in collaboration with V&A and award-winning architect Melodie Leung of Zaha Hadid Architects. The packaging recalls the stunning glass sculpture created by Leung to house the 49 year old Dalmore Luminary.

The whisky inside this limited-edition bottle is equally as fascinating as the packaging. The liquid was matured in ex-bourbon before being finished in a combination of Graham’s Tawny Port pipes and Apostoles Sherry casks. Also contained within is a small portion of exceptionally rare peated Dalmore single malt.

About The Dalmore Distillery

The Dalmore distillery, nestled on the northern shores of the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, boasts a rich heritage dating back to 1839. Founded by Alexander Matheson, a prominent entrepreneur with a keen eye for prime whisky-making locations, The Dalmore quickly established a reputation for producing exceptional single malt Scotch whisky.

Matheson chose the site for its proximity to fertile barley fields and the cool waters of the Alness River, essential for whisky production. In 1867, the distillery was leased to the Mackenzie brothers, whose family crest—a 12-pointed royal stag—became the iconic emblem of The Dalmore, symbolizing bravery and leadership.

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Dalmore expanded its facilities and refined its whisky-making techniques. A significant event in its history occurred in 1917 when the distillery was partially destroyed by a fire caused by a munitions explosion during World War I. Rebuilt and modernized, The Dalmore resumed production with renewed vigor.

Under the stewardship of master distiller Richard Paterson, who joined in 1970, The Dalmore has gained global acclaim for its luxurious and meticulously crafted whiskies. Known for their rich, complex flavors and extensive maturation in exceptional casks, The Dalmore’s expressions are highly sought after by connoisseurs and collectors worldwide, solidifying its status as a premier Highland whisky distillery.

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