Single Malt Connoisseurs Club


Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The first club, the Single Malt Connoisseurs' Club, has a limit of $84.99, per shipment usually less, on the cost of the bottle itself. (Does not include tax and or shipping)

In November 2014 our members received: 

Dalmore 14 Year Old, 1999 A.D.Rattray Bottling

This month’s selection was bottled for us at Cask Strength by A.D.Rattray. This is the Dalmore we always knew they could make. The color is a light straw that sits clear in the glass. Without the mask of sherry the nose is light and bright with a touch of oiliness, with additional aromas of tropical fruit, a bit more nut and a baked apple element. The palate has waxy notes with very light peat, fully ripe stone fruit flavors joined with nectarine and baking spice more towards nutmeg. We feel this is the perfect tipple for late fall into winter and hope you enjoy!

The history of Dalmore is steeped in a high degree of tradition from slightly illicit beginnings. The recent history of Dalmore has been a bit more posh. In September 2011, the last remaining bottle (of three) of The Dalmore 62 sold at Changi Airport in Singapore for approximately $200,000. While one would hope that the purchase was at duty free; the second of the trio sold for approximately $20,000 at auction in the UK making the savings for the unnamed Chinese business man who bought it negligible.The luxury that has been on display this millennium is quite different from Dalmore’s start in the heady days of the late 1830s. Dalmore was founded by Alexander Matheson, who made his first fortune exporting silk and tea from China, but more ominously importing opium into China.

The year that Dalmore was founded was actually the first year of open conflict in what would come to be known as the First Opium War. Dalmore was founded on the Ardoss farm twenty miles from Iverness in the heart of the excellent barley growing region of Ross-shire. The next half century involved a half a dozen operators and owners until in 1886 the land and distillery were brought by the prominent local family, the Mackenzies. The Mackenzie family is important to the creation legend of Dalmore for the Mackenzie family crest and motto has become Dalmore’s own: Luceo non Uro, “I shine, not burn.” The family legend has it that in 1263 an ancestor ofthe Clan Mackenzie saved Alexander III, King of the Scots, from being gored by a Stag. As a way to repay this noble deed, the Clan was allowed to use the royal symbol of the Twelve Point Stag on their crest.

Much of the whisky made in Dalmore’s first century was used to supply the blending business. The Mackenzie family’s long time friend and their best customer was James Whyte. James, with his partner Charles Mackay, began in 1882 one of the most successful Scotch blends: Whyte and Mackay.

Theirs was a success built to last decades and the boom period for blends resulted in the 1960 merger of Dalmore, Whyte and Mackay.Under this new company and with a focus on making more spirit, production was expanded from four stills to eight in 1966. Dalmore’s move from “blending” whisky to up scale single malt came in 2007 when the Indian Consortium United Breweries Group purchased Dalmore and its parent company. With this acquisition, the leader of UB Group, Vijay Mallya (nicknamed the Indian Richard Branson) has sought to bring Dalmore the prestige its place in Scotch whisky history deserves. Dalmore as a modern style is characterized by its richly sherried essence. The principal casks used for maturation are first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and former sherry butts. Most of what the US sees for Dalmore Single Malt is of the sherry aged variety. While most of its 4.2million liter a year production is destined for blends the best and brightest of Dalmore does indeed shine these days.