Dalmore 2003 Vintage

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Dalmore 2003 Vintage
  • Dalmore 2003 Vintage
  • Dalmore 2003 Vintage

Dalmore 2003 Vintage

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

BottlerDistillery bottling
Distillery / brandDalmore
Content Size0.7 liter
Cask typeRivesaltes Wine, Matusalem and Amoroso Sherry and Small Batch Bourbon Casks
Flavour ProfilesMature and complex
€ 330,54

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Dalmore 2003 Vintage

The 2003 Vintage has been initially matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, followed by an enrichment in rare Rivesaltes wine barrels, Matusalem and Amoroso sherry barrels and small batch bourbon casks.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Amber.

Nose: Manuga honey, dark toffee and drilled vanilla pods.

Taste: Warm honey, maple syrup and dark fruit.

Finish: Honey, old-fashioned English marmalade and sweet spices.


Tasting notes Serge Valentin (WhiskyFun.com) 90/100

A little more wood sorcery here, as the casks have first been matured in refill and new American oak, then finished separately in Rivesaltes (Vin Doux Naturel, a.k.a. VDN), Matusalem sherry, Amoroso sherry (so basically cream) and ex-bourbon, before being blended away by Dalmore's… err, blenders. Phew! Dalmore have previously bottled several other 2003s.

Colour: gold.

Nose: even less on sherry, and consequently, more on American oak, including fresh vanilla, guavas and bananas, with whiffs of cut pinewood in the background, as well as balsa, cedar, old-style ointments, then camphor and sauna oils. We're no experts in sauna oils, I should add. In any case, this is much less sherry-driven than the 21, which, in turn, was less sherry-drive, than earlier middle-aged Ds..

Mouth: the palate mirrors the nose, with similar pinewoody and chartreuse-y notes, nougat, thin mints, chestnut honey, then the expected chocolate and marmalade combo. Good nervousness here, you don't need to be buried in an old leather armchair to enjoy this one.

Finish: medium, a tad jammier, with some lovely crystallised herbs and roots, not quite ginger, rather angelica.

Comments: an invigorating and complex Dalmore within which the Rivesaltes and the cream sherry have been keeping a low profile, for more zing. Love it (and the price is almost half of that of the 21).

Dalmore Distillery

Dalmore Distillery is located on the northern shore of the Cromarty Firth, in the Scottish Highlands, near the town of Alness. Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, Dalmore has a rich history and is known for its luxurious and complex whiskies.

A unique feature of Dalmore is the use of water from the nearby River Alness, which contributes to the whisky's distinctive flavour profile. Dalmore is famous for its maturation techniques, using a combination of American oak bourbon casks and exclusive sherry casks from bodega Gonzales Byass in Jerez, Spain. This creates deep, rich flavours with layers of chocolate, orange, coffee and spices.

The distillery is also known for its iconic emblem, a 12-pointed Royal Stag, which reflects the legendary background of the Mackenzie clan heritage. Dalmore whiskies are often considered luxurious expressions, with a refined balance and a long, sumptuous finish. This combination of traditional methods, exceptional maturation techniques and rich history makes Dalmore one of the most respected names in the world of Scotch single malt whisky.

Dalmore 2003 Vintage

Dalmore 2003 Vintage

€ 330,54

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