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The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select Review


7th October 2020
Review of the new Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select which has been finished in casks which previously held a unique sherry blend of aged Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry.

The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask SelectThe Dalmore has unveiled a new addition to their core range, The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select which will sit alongside the current Dalmore 12 year old we are already familiar with.

Continuing The Dalmore's affinity with sherry the new Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select spent its first 10 years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and although the bottle and packaging states that it was finished in Oloroso sherry casks it was a little more creative than that, the new 12 year old was finished in a combination of American & European casks from 3 different Andalucian cooperages (Tevasa, Vasyma, Paez), each of which previously held a unique sherry blend of aged Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry.

The new whisky is the work of Master Distiller Richard Paterson, the creative force behind The Dalmore for over fifty years, Richard selected three cask partners from Andalucia. Tevasa, Vasyma, Paez. Together they curated oak casks and created a bespoke sherry blend to season these casks in order to realise the exact flavour profile desired by Paterson.

Richard commented on his latest creation saying: "The 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select is elegance personified and an excellent addition to our Principal Collection. Its full finish in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks reveals a more floral, light and refined side to The Dalmore. It is a truly decadent whisky which celebrates the deep-rooted alliances with our cooperage partners to source the most exquisite casks and truly showcase the depth of The Dalmore’s character."

The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select has a RRP of £69 and it appears to be exclusively available from specialist online whisky retailer The Whisky Shop
 

The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select Review


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Lovely fresh, clean, soft fruity notes - aromatic orange fondant, raisins and sultanas, a little sweet toffee, a hint of honey and a very gentle distant peppery spice.

Taste: Delicious sweet sherried fruits lead - juicy raisins and sultanas which are quickly joined by some now slightly zesty orange fondant, apricot and mango, some creamy dark chocolate and some sugared almond. A little ginger and cinnamon mix along with some pepper make a late background appearance.

Finish: The juicy sweet sherried fruits slowly bitters out to leave a little lingering dark chocolate and coffee.

Comment: I just loved the nose on this and I knew something good was to follow on the palate and I wasn't wrong as this really is a deliciously juicy, quality, sherried dram from start to finish but you will have to dig a wee bit deeper in your pockets for this one though as it is £19 more expensive than the Dalmore 12 you are already familiar with but this is bottled at the slightly higher strength of 43% ABV.

SMW Score 88/100
 

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