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Whiskey Shots: A Review of Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select

🥃96 proof

🥃Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 10 years, before being finished in sherry casks for 2 years

🥃Bottle procured for $75 from the local Total Wine & More

🥃Tasted using a Glencairn Whiskey Tasting Glass

Dalmore Distillery is a whisky distillery located in Alness, in the Highland region of Scotland. It has a rich history that dates back to 1839 when it was established by Alexander Matheson. The distillery is situated on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, offering breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands.

Originally, Dalmore Distillery started as a farm and brewery before being converted into a whisky distillery. Alexander Matheson, who had made a fortune in the Chinese opium trade, decided to venture into the whisky business. He chose the location for its abundant supply of pure water from the nearby Alness River and the fertile barley-growing fields of the area.

Over the years, Dalmore Distillery has gone through several ownership changes. In 1886, it was acquired by the Mackenzie family, who still own the distillery to this day. The Mackenzie clan's influence can be seen in the distillery's logo, which features a 12-pointed stag, symbolizing the clan's heraldic emblem.

Dalmore Distillery is known for its commitment to producing exceptional single malt whiskies. The distillery uses traditional copper pot stills and ages its whiskies in a variety of cask types, including ex-bourbon barrels and sherry casks. This meticulous approach to whisky production has earned Dalmore a reputation for producing whiskies of exceptional quality and complexity.

One of Dalmore's most iconic expressions is the Dalmore 12 Year Old, which showcases the distillery's signature style of rich, fruity, and chocolatey flavors. Today, I'll be reviewing the 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select.

Before I start, I must confess that I bought this bottle a few weeks ago. My initial impressions were not favorable, so I put the bottle away to try again later. I'm glad I revisited this, because the time setting made a huge difference for me!


When it comes to sherry influence, this bottle does not disappoint. On the nose, the aromas of raisins, grapes, and cherries intertwine with the richness of dark chocolate. Toffee and coffee beans add a touch of decadence, while the introduction of oranges brings a subtle freshness.



As I take my first sip, the flavors unfold gracefully. The sweetness of honey and oranges is met with the delightful presence of black cherries and a velvety layer of dark chocolate. Spices enter the stage, with hints of black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and a pinch of ginger, adding complexity and depth.


The finish is a journey in itself, with a mid-long length that leaves a slightly bitter and dry edge. This harmonious blend leans towards a delightful combination of cacao and coffee beans, accompanied by the same spices experienced on the palate. Oranges make a final appearance, alongside a subtle balsamic note that lingers in the background.



While personal preferences may vary, I must admit that despite that bad first experience, this whisky has won me over. It embodies the essence of autumn, boasting a fuller body compared to its standard 12-year-old counterpart. If you are already a fan of Dalmore, this new addition will undoubtedly captivate your senses and earn a special place in your collection.

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