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Offering thousands of distinct tasting notes and an exploration of the tale of whiskey informed via in-depth distillery entries, Whiskey Opus is helping professional connoisseurs of their quest to find the world's top whiskies.
Every whiskey sort from unmarried malt to poteen is represented, besides assistance and tips for spotting and appreciating each one one.
With nice whiskeys being produced around the globe, Whiskey Opus covers quite a number distilleries, from Banffshire to Bangalore, Scotland to Spain, and Kentucky to Japan — offering whiskey enthusiasts with every little thing they should understand to totally relish their favourite spirit.
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Beginning out Such luxurious is a truly good distance from The Dalmore’s origins, with the distillery having been validated beside the Cromarty Firth, as regards to Alness, in 1839 through Alexander Matheson, who had made a fortune within the opium alternate. Matheson became over the operating of his distillery to varied property tenants, and in 1867 Andrew Mackenzie and his relations took the reins. The Mackenzies finally obtained The Dalmore distillery from the Matheson kinfolk in 1891 for £14,500 ($65,000), through which time the variety of stills were doubled to 4. HIGHLANDS The distillery remained within the Mackenzie relations until eventually 1960, while Mackenzie Brothers (Dalmore) Ltd. merged with the Glasgow mixing ﬁrm of Whyte & Mackay Ltd. , who have been long-standing buyers for The Dalmore unmarried malt. In 1966, with the Scotch whiskey booming, one other 4 stills have been put in to double skill. that's the establishment this present day, however the stillhouse is likely one of the such a lot quirky in Scotland, that includes 4 ﬂat-topped wash stills of various sizes and styles and 4 spirit stills with “boil balls” and precise cooling copper water jackets, whereas a piece of “number spirit nonetheless” dates again to 1874. Sherried spirit The Dalmore is characterised by way of its richly sherried residence type and its skill to ﬂourish in the course of prolonged sessions of getting older. The vital casks used for maturation are ﬁrst-ﬁll ex-Bourbon barrels and previous sherry butts, with The Dalmore being the single Scotch whiskey distillery with entry to Matusalem Oloroso sherry butts from the historical condo of Gonzalez Byass. center bottlings of The Dalmore contain 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old expressions, besides “Cigar Malt Reserve”—aged in 30-year-old Oloroso sherry butts, American White Oak, and most desirable cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques—and “King Alexander III. ” This expression takes its identify from the truth that in 1263 an ancestor of the extended family Mackenzie stored Alexander III, King of the Scots, from being gored by means of a stag. The stag’s head duly grew to become the brand of extended family Mackenzie, and ornaments all expressions of The Dalmore. THE DALMORE “GRAN RESERVA” TASTING NOTES THE DALMORE 12-YEAR-OLD unmarried malt, forty% ABV, matured 50% ex-Oloroso sherry wooden and 50% ex-Bourbon American white oak Malt, orange marmalade, sherry, and a touch of leather-based at the nostril. Full-bodied and sherried at the palate, with spice and balancing citrus notes. The ﬁnish is lengthy, with spices, ginger, and lingering oranges. THE DALMORE 40-YEAR-OLD unmarried malt, forty% ABV, matured American white oak, ﬁnished Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry butts Orange marmalade combines with fruitcake and gentle oak at the nostril. Brittle toffee and sour chocolate at the palate with highly spiced orange and almonds. The ﬁnish is long, with malt and darkish chocolate. THE DALMORE “KING ALEXANDER III” unmarried malt, forty% ABV, matured classic Oloroso and Madeira butts, classic Bourbon barrels, and Cabernet Sauvignon barriques The nostril offers almonds, fencerow berries, plums, brittle toffee, and treacle. Sherry and clean berries merge with plum notes at the palate, plus vanilla and toffee.