Dalmore’s trademark style is luscious notes of orange, chocolate and spices, and the 18 Year Old bottling is a terrific example. Aged in both bourbon and sherry casks, it has seductive notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and candied orange on the nose, followed by a full-bodied, spicy palate of cinnamon and stewed fruit.
It really is a bit like drinking a chocolate orange, just without the need to wallop it with a mallet to get it to open, which really is an advantage. A surefire hit for the colder months, and an excellent evening dram for warmer months too. It is aged for 14 years in American oak, followed by three years in Matusalem sherry butts, before a final year in sherry butts.