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The Dalmore Vintage 2005 & 2008

31st October 2023
The Dalmore unveils the third instalment in their Vintage Collection, The Dalmore 18 Year Old Vintage 2005 and The Dalmore 15 Year Old 2008, each is non chill filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at what should be a flavoursome strength.

The Dalmore Vintage 2005 & The Dalmore Vintage 2008

The latest unveiling from The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky introduces two new Limited-Editions, namely The Dalmore Vintage 2005 and The Dalmore Vintage 2008.

These editions mark the third release from their Vintage Collection curated by Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass and Master Distiller Richard Paterson OBE. The Vintage Collection holds whiskies renowned for their exceptional and distinguished character. The selection process for this collection relies on the unique qualities displayed by the casks during the annual cask inspection week, a tradition spanning over half a century.

In November, The Dalmore's whisky makers dedicate extensive hours in their historic warehouses situated along the Cromarty Firth, engaging in the meticulous evaluation of their rare casks that have been patiently maturing over time. The month of November is said to offer the ideal conditions for this evaluation, as the cooler temperatures following the warm summer months allow the flavours of the whiskies to come alive authentically.

Only the most exceptional casks exhibiting the finest attributes of The Dalmore and its signature style during this crucial assessment period are hand-picked to join the exclusive 'Vintage' ranks. The 2023 Vintage Collection prominently features The Dalmore's distinct chocolate and orange profile. The Dalmore 15 Year Old, Vintage 2008 edition is said to highlight notes of milk chocolate and mandarin, while the Dalmore 18 Year Old, Vintage 2005 edition is said to present flavours of dark chocolate and Seville orange.

The Dalmore Vintage 2008 is said to entice with aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, mandarin, and cracked black pepper. On the palate, it delivers a blend of manuka honey, sweet cacao, poached apples, and golden sultanas. The finish promises notes of vanilla cream, chocolate brioche, Navelina orange, and a subtle warmth of cinnamon. This expression has matured in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks, augmented by hand-selected Matusalem Sherry and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks, boasting an ABV of 45.8%, natural colour, and being non-chill filtered.

The Dalmore Vintage 2005 is said to exude aromas of dark chocolate, salted caramel, antique leather, and rich orange citrus. Its taste profile includes rich cacao, blood orange, dark fruits, marzipan, and moist ginger cake. The finish brings forth notes of Madagascan vanilla with Seville orange, a rich nuttiness, and enduring, dry chocolate complexities. This expression has been matured in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks and elevated by hand-selected Matusalem Sherry and Vintage 2005 Sherry casks, boasting an ABV of 49.3%, natural colour, and being non-chill filtered.

Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass commented on the two new limited edition Vintage drams, saying: "The annual cask inspection which ultimately leads to the creation of each years Vintage Collection is a true highlight of working on The Dalmore. We can never know what time and nature has given to these whiskies, until we take stock each November and see what magic has unfolded in the year. Richard and I select casks which we feel contain whiskies that exemplify The Dalmore’s quality and style, with the best of the best, becoming our Limited-Edition Vintages.

"For 2023, we are pleased to present two whiskies which, at different ages, showcase nuances of The Dalmore’s signature notes – chocolate, orange, and subtle spice. Vintage 2008 reveals naturally balanced shades and interplays of sweet cacao, fresh citrus and soft spices, and is a beautiful example of refined elegance from The Dalmore, captured at a moment in time. Vintage 2005 has quintessential dark chocolate notes which intertwine with rich citrus offering a flavour experience to be remembered and savoured."

The Dalmore 2008 Vintage has a RRP of $225 and The Dalmore 2005 Vintage $490, they will both be available from November from
specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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