A Quick Dram: Dalmore Clan Mackenzie

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Dalmore Clan Mackenzie
17 years old
11 years in ex Bourbon casks
6 years in Port pipes
Highlands
46%
About £100

Background: The Founders and stewards of Dalmore were  of the Clan Mackenzie. This bottle is being released to celebrate this link, as the painting on the Box symbolises. Some of the proceeds of the bottle are going to maintaining Castle Loed, the Mackenzie’s home.

With the bottle is an invitation to send away and get a complimentary print of the painting.

Nose: Bananas, honey, tangerines, marzipan, citrus, plums, toffee, caramel and biscuits. Wow, this actually smells awesome. I think this is one of the most detailed aromas I have ever smelt. I was very high on coffee which might explain some of this description but still, Wow! It is fresher than other Dalmores but still exhibits a rich house style.

Palate: Definitely mangoes. I am always stunned when I taste tropical fruit on a whisky, but there you go. More of the tangerines too. A tropical punch of a dram.

Finish: It went quite quickly. I wanted more.

Overall: It is a brilliant whisky. It was quite sweet but balanced by depth, body and a bite.

Chris

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