Distilled: 1999 A single year blend from the independent bottler Alexander Murray. We have shown you this bottler in the past, but preferred others as Alexander Murray has traditionally diluted their whiskies to 40% ABV. The company recently released a range of whiskies at cask strength and we have been quite happy with this change to their business. This bottling is from casks distilled in 1999 and represents a mix of ex-bourbon and sherried barrels. It showcases a lovely nose of heather, caramelized sugar, dried apricots, funnel cakes, and autumn baking spices (I can’t bring myself to say pumpkin spice.) The palate has a lovely mouthfeel of ripe apricots and peaches, creme brûlée, and caramel. This is an after dinner Scotch to pair with flan or creme brûlée, if you are feeling so inclined. D&M Tasting Notes
55.6 % ABV
Dalmore was founded by Alexander Matheson, who made his first fortune exporting silk and tea from China; and 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 half a dozen operators and owners until in 1886 the land and distillery were bought 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 of the 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 longtime 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 upscale 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. The flip side of this is that the price of Dalmore has gone up tremendously for their sherried expressions. Most of what the US sees for Dalmore Single Malt is of the sherry aged variety. Current production stands at 4.2 million liters a year. Michael Kennel, D&M
Dalmore 15 YR Alexander Murray Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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