Commonly referred to as “The 12,” The Dalmore 12-year-old single malt is the opening selection from The Dalmore’s Principal Collection. Alongside 15-, 18-, and 25-year-old expressions, the collection is rounded out with the revamped Cigar Malt Reserve and King Alexander III non-age statement releases. Additionally, The Dalmore offers ever-increasingly rare and accordingly more expensive whiskies in their Constellation and Legendary Releases series, along with travel retail exclusive bottlings.
This single malt spends the first nine years of its aging process housed in ex-bourbon barrels before half of the whiskey is separated. One half of the whisky remains in ex-bourbon barrels, while the other is aged in 30-year-old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts for the remaining three years. The two halves of The Dalmore 12 are then brought back together as a single finished product.
Vital Stats: 40% ABV (80 proof), 12 years old, 100% malted barley, around $65 per 750ml bottle.
Appearance: Deep amber and bronze tones. Medium legs.
Nose: Cinnamon ice cream, roasted almonds, and fresh caramel fudge melting on the stovetop.
Palate: Chocolate, and lots of it, mingles with sherry and spiced oak. Very sweet and rich, with a full and thick mouthfeel. The finish is characterized by soft, sweet, lingering toffee notes that stick around long after the dram is downed.
The bottle's presentation is clean and straightforward, as is the case with any of the standard releases available from this label. The sweetness of the dram is the most forward element in both the nose and the palate.