Scotch - Single Malt

The Dalmore Cigar Malt Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Highlands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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98th Percentile
This score falls in the 98th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

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Proof66 Notes

The Dalmore Cigar Malt scotch is designed to be drunk with a cigar, which has had great appeal to the legion of cigar lovers around the world. It carries no age statement but is said to aged in American ex-bourbon casks and given the signature Dalmore finish in Spanish sherry casks... in this case, 30yr old barrels. In a more unusual move, it is given a final "finessed" in Cabarnet Sauvignon wine barrels.

The distillery itself was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson. It lies near the Averon River, which is also the water it uses for its scotch. It was later sold to the Mackenzie family in 1886, which gives rise to the luceo non uro motto from the family translating as "I shine, not burn." The distillery is currently owned by Whyte & Mackay. The Dalmore Distillery has the emblem of the stag--an antlered head--which comes from a legend from 1263 when the ancestors of the founders saved King Alexander III from being gored by a stag during a hunt; he rewarded them by allowing them to use the stag head on their coat of arms. The Dalmore brand was originally owned by Whyte & Mackay (and in turn Diageo) but was sold to Emperador Distillers of the Philippines in 2014.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-08-31)
Glenfiddich 18? NeatPour's palate must have had an off day because the Cigar Malt is really nothing like the Glenfiddich 18. Apples and cinnamon dominate the 18 while caramel and figs dominate the Cigar Malt. Both are lovely but there's a hint of something artificial (coloring?) that can be detected in the flavor of the Cigar Malt. A bit overpriced too.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2014-03-16)
3.9/5, reminds me of a better version of the glenfiddich 18 to be honest. It's all on bitter chocolate and pencil shavings. Very different from 12... I prefer 12. Still it's good and I can see how it might pair well with a cigar
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