Dalmore Fortuna Meritas Collection Adds Three New Whiskies - The Whiskey Wash

Dalmore Fortuna Meritas Collection Adds Three New Whiskies

By Nino Marchetti / June 13, 2016

Highland single malt whisky distillery The Dalmore has revealed plans to add three new expressions to its Dalmore Fortuna Meritas Collection. This travel retail focused series already has one bottling in it, the Valour, and all four are said to be a tribute “to the brand’s history; celebrating the brave act of the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie who saved the life of King Alexander III, and the rewards which he received in return.”

The bottlings of the collection, which now include Regalis,  Luce,  and Dominium, will be available this spring in European travel retail, according to the distillery. More details on each, including Valour, are at the end of this story.

 

The Dalmore Fortuna Meritas Collection

The Dalmore Fortuna Meritas Collection (image via The Dalmore)

“For this collection I looked to our long standing and unique partnership with Gonzalez Byass as this allowed me to draw from rare, rich and valuable sherry casks,” said Richard Paterson, The Dalmore Master Distiller, in a statement. “I was able to create a different and unique finish for each whisky, giving each of them a rich and complex flavour, but with their own nuances and individual flair.”

The Dalmore Valour

Valour means courage, and it is at the very heart of The Dalmore story.  In 1263, the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie bravely saved King Alexander III of Scotland from the fury of a charging stag.   The grateful King granted the Clan three rewards – the right to use the a 12-pointed Royal Stag in their coat of arms, the motto ‘Luceo Non Uro,’ and the lands of Kintail.

Wood Finish:      American White Oak, 30 years old Matusalem oloroso sherry and Port Pipes

Aroma:                 Ripe plums, citrus fruits and creamy caramel

Palate:                  Candied orange, pineapple and chocolate fudge

Finish:                   Black forest fruits, coconut, figs and marzipan

ABV:                      40%

RSP:                       £60 / €75

The Dalmore Regalis

The name Regalis means royal, or regal, which is befitting to The Dalmore as the 12-pointed Royal Stag adorns every bottle.

In 1263 the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie bravely saved King Alexander III of Scotland from the fury of a charging stag and in recognition of this noble act the grateful King granted the Clan Mackenzie the right to use the emblem in their coat of arms.  When ancestors of the Clan took control of The Dalmore distillery in 1867, they took with them this striking icon which has since adorned each bottle of The Dalmore, symbolising its regal legacy.

Wood Finish:      American White Oak and Amoroso sherry

Aroma:                 Mulled wine, exotic fruits, marzipan, sweet syrups and toffee

Palate:                  Treacle toffee, roasted walnuts, pecan cake and Manuka honey

Finish:                   Maraschino cherries, espresso coffee, liquorice and vanilla

ABV:                      40%

RSP:                       £67 / € 91

 The Dalmore Luceo

 Luceo literally means “I Shine” and is taken from the motto ‘Luceo Non Uro – I Shine, Not Burn’ of the Clan Mackenzie who were owners of The Dalmore Distillery.

Wood Finish:      American White Oak and Apostoles

Aroma:                 Cognac soaked Madeira cake, tangy fruits, treacle tart, crushed almonds and praline chocolate

Palate:                  Parkin cake, pistachios, plums, frangipan, Colombian coffee and Sanguinello blood oranges

Finish:                   Maple syrup, Demerara sugar, sweet muscatel and gingerbread

ABV:                      40%

RSP:                       £75 / € 105

The Dalmore Dominium

Dominium means domain, or ownership.  In 1263, the King not only granted his saviour the use of the Royal Stag emblem but also as further reward for this brave and  noble act, the grateful King granted the Clan dominion over the land of Kintail in the West Highlands.

Wood Finish:      American White Oak and 30 years old Matusalem sherry

Aroma:                 Sweet fruits, sandalwood, lemon tart, honey, caramel coffee and a hint of liquorice spice

Palate:                  Sherry soaked raisins, black toffee and banana cake

Finish:                   Treacle tart, pineapple, Oxford marmalade, ginger spice and dates

ABV:                      43%

RSP:                       £99 / € 135