Whisky Review: Mackillop’s Choice Dalmore 1986 Single Cask

Style: Sherry and Punchy

Nose:
Bright, strong Dalmore-esque aroma on the nose. Strawberry jam spreading on top of a massive malty sponge cake. Assorted dry spices, a lot of earthy nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon bark scattered around… Dried prunes dropping slightly deeper, rendezvous with raisins and liquid chocolate. Fiery strength, but the aroma is able to keep up, incredibly punchy.

Palate:
Sweet strawberry riding on a mighty wave of Dalmore spirit. Ginger and more nutmeg weaving into the sweet malty core. Bright, dazzling red fruits ringing nicely. Orange liqueur pouring over chocolate almonds. The sweetness distilled to its purest form, so sweet and so clean as well… Powerful malt hiding under a delicate sherry mask, thrusts through all the way to the end… Finishes with a touch of earthiness.

Finish:
Malt syrup interlocked with red fruits. Tremoring spice dialling down. Very nice.

Thoughts:
Wow. What a colossal Dalmore we have here. Mighty spiciness but somehow the flavours manage to match the intensity. Red fruits covering on top while the bulwark malt spins its tricks. A real treat because you don’t often see indie Dalmore these days, let alone a sherry cask. Probably not for beginners and too strong to non cask strength drinkers, but this a mighty impressive dram to me.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[57.6% • Independent Bottling • 2008 Bottled • 1986 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Bottle Number: 109 • Cask Number: 3096 • Aged 22 Years]

-Esmond

Tasted at Whisky & Alement, Melbourne