What do we know about this Dalmore? That it was matured in not one or two casks but seven! Aside from the standard ex-bourbon (Kentucky) and Sherry, it also spent time in wine (unspecified), Madeira, Marsala and Port casks. The goal was to produce a unique rich, fruity Highland single malt.
However we knew none of this when we sampled it… blind…
Dalmore King Alexander III 40%
- Colour – Deep dark burgundy
- Nose – Dark fruits, cherries, nuts, cheap chocolate bar with nuts and raisins, curdled milk, liquorice, an oddly artificial aroma
- Palate – A light teasing spice, a bit of mango pickle?
- Finish – Lingers – a bit bitter then gets spicier with a fruity close… yet still a medium finish that runs away
The colour was a dead give away that something else was going on… which we later discovered with the reveal is augmented with caramel. Hmm…
Overall it was a bit disappointing nothing exceptional and there were a few odd elements that didn’t quite work.
Our host shared he received this whisky as a gift. There was no doubt the person gifting had the absolute best of intentions. And it certainly isn’t cheap – typically retailing for approx $200.
However in our humble opinion, there was more hype and high price than quality. Which is a pity.
What do the Dalmore folks have to say about the King Alexander III?
- Aroma – Red berry fruits and hints of passion fruit
- Palate – Citrus zest, vanilla pod, crème caramel and crushed almonds
- Finish – Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
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