The Dalmore’s newest offering for its Principal Collection, a 12 year old single malt sherry cask, aims to showcase the brand’s affinity to its relationship to Spain’s sherry making industry. The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select Single Malt matures in oak casks selected by three cask partners from Andalucia to realise its flavor.
This Scotch is initially matured for ten years in American white-oak ex-bourbon casks. In the meanwhile, according to the distillery team, “European and American Oak oaks are selected precisely for their active, extractive qualities, and crafted into casks. A bespoke sherry blend of aged oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry is crafted by our coopers, and further customised for each maker ahead of seasoning and filling the casks for a full finish of up to three years.”
The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select (image via The Dalmore)
“The 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select is elegance personified and an excellent addition to our Principal Collection,” explained The Dalmore Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, in a prepared statement.
“Its full finish in oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks reveals a more floral, light, and refined side to The Dalmore. It is a truly decadent whisky which celebrates the deep-rooted alliances with our cooperage partners to source the most exquisite casks and truly showcase the depth of The Dalmore’s Character.”
The Dalmore 12 year Old Sherry Cask Select pricing at £69, or around $90 USD. It is available in the UK and also across major Asian markets including Taiwan and China. It will be made available in the US from 2021.
The Dalmore, for those unfamiliar with it, is a Scottish distillery that has been around for about 180 years. Paterson has been the creative force behind the brand for the last 50 of those years, as well as the sourcer of the company’s curation of rare casks.
Official tasting notes for this whisky are below.
The Aroma: Caramelised orange, ginger and sultanas, laced with honey
On the Palate: Dark chocolate and crushed almonds with a dusting of cinnamon
Finishing Notes: Sweet mangos, panna cotta and lemon sponge cake