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The Dalmore story began in 1839 with Alexander Matheson, who
lived in the Highlands of Northern Scotland. Matheson found
the rich peat and pure water sources of the Highlands to be
the makings of a perfect Scotch offering. He built a distillery
in the area and produced small batches of his Single Highland
Malt Scotch until 1886, when the Mackenzie family acquired
his operation. When a member of the Mackenzie family risked
his own life to save Scotland's ruler, King Alexander III,
from a charging stag, the grateful king offered a token of
his appreciation by bequeathing the stag to the Mackenzie
family as a symbol of valor and courage. And more than 130
years later, the stag head still appears on every bottle of
For well over a century, The Dalmore® has been made by
hand, in the time-honored way, by a small band of local stillmen.
The process is meticulous, and includes double distillations
in copper pot-stills and patient aging in white oak and sherry
No other Scotch captures the essence and the tradition of
its people like The Dalmore. For over 160 years, Dalmore Distillery
has produced malts of great character and distinction, thanks
in recent years to the dedication of Master Distiller Richard
Paterson. He's the third generation of his family to serve
as Master Distiller—a rich family lineage that is unmatched
in the industry.
Richard and his band of stillmen create The Dalmore range of expressions
which continues to receive acclaimed awards for both its exceptional
spirit and innovative packaging. The 12 Year, Gran Reserva,
15 Year, King Alexander III 1263, The Dalmore 1974, 40 Year
and 50 Year each contain specific flavors and special nuances
that originate from select wooden casks, Scottish climate
and careful supervision.
The Dalmore is now one of the most popular and luxurious Single
Malt Scotches in the world. Created in the prime barley-growing
district of Scotland, The Dalmore is a spirit of distinction
and pedigree. Shaped by time, water and weather, it deserves
its place as one of the world's most respected whiskies,
and rewards its loyal admirers with a unique, full taste that
reflects its origins.
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launch of a new range of expressions of whiskies from The Dalmore
is guaranteed to push the traditional boundaries of excellence
and luxury in the whisky market. The new collection, beautifully
presented and bearing the iconic 12 point stag's head,
is set to become one of the year's most desired releases.
Combining the delicious delights of indulgence and decadence,
one sip releases a full assault on the senses delivering not
just a myriad of fruits, spices and mellow perfumes but taking
the drinker into a world of hedonistic delight, where the myths,
legends and history of this single malt can be experienced.
Described as ‘alchemistic artistry', the artisan
craftsmanship of creating The Dalmore relies on inherent skills
passed down through the generations. Indeed, Richard Paterson,
third generation master distiller, with four decades of expertise,
crafts and endorses The Dalmore.
new collection of nine unrivalled whiskies aims to challenge
traditional perceptions of the whisky industry and target
an up-and-coming breed of young, affluent and discerning whisky
drinker. Presented in elegant, stylish packaging, it has moved
away from the traditional "hills and stills" messaging.
Recognising that discerning consumers are seeking new, contemporary
interpretations of traditional drinks we believe The Dalmore
can satisfy this opportunity. Drawing inspiration from our
heroic past, our legends and our success in the past with
our 62 yo we are embarking on a journey of premiumisation
and will stand as a beacon of supremacy.
The collection, drawing inspiration from our The Dalmore
62 year old will include: The Dalmore 50 year old, The Dalmore
40 year old, The Dalmore 1974, The Dalmore 1263 King Alexander
III, The Dalmore 15 year old, The Dalmore Gran Reserva and
The Dalmore 12 year old. Crossing the boundaries of expectation,
by jettisoning the traditional "hills & stills"
message, our new Dalmore range is the perfect addition to
an intelligent and discerning lifestyle.
The Dalmore spirit benefits from longer than typical
maturation - 12 years, instead of the more regular 10.
Judicious selection and the precise balance of American
white oak and Oloroso sherry wood delivers our most
vibrant expression - robust yet elegant, with an aftertaste
of brilliant complexity.
Deep golden mahogany in colour with orange, marmalade
and aromatic spice on the nose. Elegant and rich on
the palate with intense citrus and hints of sweet vanilla
pod to finish, enhanced by increased sherry wood for
an aftertaste of great complexity.
Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009
Rated 90 - Beverage Tasting Institute 2009
Our Master Distiller has selected our most intense whiskies,
typically aged from 10 - 15 years, drawn exclusively
from first fill oak casks for this unique expression.
Aged in 40% American white oak and 60% Oloroso sherry
wood. Once combined, the liquid is returned to the upstanding
sherry butts for a further six months, delivering an
enhanced, intense taste experience with a sweet finish.
Elegant and refined with hints of citrus and autumn
fruits on the nose. Marmalade and Christmas cake tantalise
the palate with subtle hints of roasted coffee and chocolate.
This is followed with ripe oranges and lemon peel, giving
delicate, zesty top notes.
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009
Rated 91 - Beverage Tasting Institute 2009
Time, cask type and warehouse conditions can all influence
the maturity of a single malt. For this Dalmore, 15
years in bespoke Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso sherry
butts from Jerez de la Frontera have all been elemental.
The redolence of these vessels delivers the perfect
balance between spirit, wood and maturity.
Potent and robust, this expression delivers a rich and
aromatic taste experience.
A rich and aromatic heart full of dried spices, cloves,
cinnamon and ginger with a concentrated citrus mouth-feel
to tantalise your tongue and an abundant aftertaste
of spice to reward the palate.
Gold Medal -
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009
Over the course of our history, The Dalmore's remarkable
spirit has been filled to French wine barriques, Madeira
drums, sherry butts from Jerez, Sicilian marsala barrels,
port pipes from the Douro and bourbon barrels from Kentucky.
Each of these casks have now been united to create an
exceptional malt where the individual characteristics
of each cask work together to form a rich deep spirit.
Aged aromatic oloroso butts and Madeira drums provide
citrus orange, spice and nuts, whilst redolent bourbon
barrels deliver warm vanilla notes. Rich port and marsala
woods adds hints of wild berries and fleshy plums, enhanced
with red fruits from Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon barriques.
Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits
Rated 94 - Beverage Tasting Institute 2009
The Dalmore distillery is located in Alness, about 20 miles
north of Inverness, and is easily accessible by car. Located
in the Highlands of Scotland, the distillery is situated in
a breathtaking setting, with its rich bird life of oystercatchers,
herons and sea birds.
Established in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, Dalmore Distillery
sits on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, overlooking the rich
and fertile Black Isle, the "big meadowland," from
which it takes its name. The distillery was later purchased
by the Mackenzie family in 1886, and the "twelve pointer
stag" was introduced from their clan crest—a symbol
that still adorns each and every bottle of The Dalmore to
Clean, crystal-clear water from the nearby River Alness is
used to create The Dalmore in the time-honored way, and the
small band of stillmen who run the distillery all originate
from a handful of local families. Years of experience, along
with true craft and pride in their work, ensure that The Dalmore
Whisky's unique character and quality never falter. It remains
the classic Highland malt.
Featuring some of the oldest whisky stocks in
the world, visitors will get a rare insight into the skill,
expertise and time that go into creating each precious drop
of The Dalmore.
Opening Times for The Dalmore Distillery
Monday thru Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Weekend: Pre-booked group bookings only.
November - March
Monday to Friday: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Weekend: Pre-booked group bookings only.
Admission is Free
Large groups are advised to pre book. For more information
or to arrange a booking,
please call +44 (0)1349 882 362 or send an email to The
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