The Dalmore Distillery, located on the northern shores of the Firth of Cromarty, deep in the spectacular Scottish Highlands, has been producing exceptional single malt whisky since 1839. The Distillery was established in 1839 by Alexander Matheson a trader who made his fortune in illegal opium imports from the Far East. Overlooking the Black Isle, the “big meadowland,” from which it takes its name.
The distillery was bought by the MacKenzie family in 1886. The story has been passed down, that in 1263, a predecessor of the Clan MacKenzie saved King Alexander III from a rampaging stag whilst out hunting. In reward, the King allowed him to bear the Royal emblem of a 12-pointed stag in his coat of arms.
For almost a century, it was owned by the Clan Mackenzie. The clan’s defining influence on the distillery is still evident to this day, with the iconic royal stag’s antlers – taken from the Mackenzie family crest – adorning each and every bottle.
Richard Paterson is Master Distiller for The Dalmore. Richard began his career at a whisky brokerage in Glasgow and following completion of his apprenticeship, joined The Dalmore where he has been Master Distiller since 1970.
The distillery warehouses feature some of the oldest whisky stocks in the world.
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700ml, 40.0%, Scotland, SpeysideMatured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being carefully divided. One half continues its maturation in bourbon barrels, the other half is transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks. Complex, yet balanced.
700ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland, HighlandTime, different cask types, varying sizes, and warehouse conditions can all influence the maturity of a single malt. For this Dalmore, 13 years in American Bourbon Casks and then a year split between Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera have been elemental. And to achieve this extra layer of complexity, they marry these liquids together in a sherry butt for one final year. The redolence of these vessels delivers the perfect balance between spirit, wood and maturity. • Dalmore 15 is one of those whiskies that should come with a warning label, if you aren’t careful, you may just end up drinking too much of it!
1000ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland, HighlandA unique blend of three different cask finishes, The Dalmore Valour is matured initially in first fill ex-Bourbon casks from Boston and Claremont, USA and 30 year old Matusalem Oloroso sherry butts from Gonzales Byass, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. The spirit is then finessed in Port Pipes from Duoro Region, Portugal to create a truly unique Dalmore expression.
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