Day Five in the Whisky Advent Calendar

*In this series, I’m working my way through the 2015 Master of Malt Whisky Advent.

dalmore_15_year_oldFull disclosure. Dalmore is one of my favorite distilleries. When I saw the Dalmore 15 label on this day’s bottle, I was pretty excited already. I own everything I’ve been able to get from Dalmore, so I’ll be working extra hard to keep from simply finding what I’m looking for in this whisky. Liquid gold.


Dalmore is located in Alness just north of Inverness. One of my favorite things about Dalmore is the legend of their beginnings.

Dalmore has an amazing video program, so I’ll let them share it with you themselves.


My first experience with Dalmore was trying the King Alexander III expression at a whisky tasting at Opal Divine’s in Austin. It was wonderful. I went into the store the next day and bought the only bottle I could find, which ended up being the Dalmore 12yr.

Since then, I’ve decided that everything Dalmore produces is amazing, but my personal opinion is that the 12yr is the best representation of the character of the distillery. It has all the subtlety and nuance of its older brothers, but it has drama that time has erased from the elders. The older whiskies have wisdom, grace, and nuance. But the 12yr also has panache.

The Dalmore 15yr is aged in sherry and American white oak casks chosen specifically by Richard Paterson. He’s known for being one of the best noses in the business with an artist’s touch for blending. It shows.

When I first tasted Dalmore, I thought “Christmas!” Since then, I’ve seen that exact same review and reaction in almost everything I’ve read about the Dalmore whiskies.

There’s no point in reinventing just to be unique when the truth is so blatantly obvious. It has heavy notes of orange, light notes of almond, and hints of cinnamon. It tastes like the way going home feels.

It’s a whisky you would invite home to meet your parents. Maybe this Christmas?