The Dalmore 12 Year Old Scotch – Review

Dalmore 12 Year Old ScotchThe Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky

80 Proof

Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML

Distiller: Dalmore Distillery



The Dalmore 12 Year Old is another bottle of Scotch that was given as a gift to me from my dad.  I didn’t know much about this brand, but it was free so why complain?

When it comes to whiskey received as a gift, I think it gets thrown into a realm separate from whiskey purchased by yourself.  It’s only natural to value something you spent your own hard-earned money on a little bit more than something you didn’t spend a penny on.  The Dalmore is one of those whiskies I didn’t immediately find all that interesting, but I certainly do now.



Wow!  The nose on this whisky is incredible.  My kind of Scotch!  Maple syrup takes center stage here, followed by cinnamon and pears.  A lot complexity right from the get-go, which really speaks volumes about the Dalmore.  Somewhat reminiscent of the Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old, only much more interesting.

The first swig has a lot of malt flavor, as well as oak.  The fruit highlighted in the nose is toned down dramatically on the tongue.  Mild sherry here as well.

A medium, dry finish is in store for you with the Dalmore.


Rating & Recommendations

The Dalmore 12 Year Old is a really good Scotch, worthy of a rating of 85 out of 100.

This whisky is made for very smooth, easy drinking.  Enjoy it neat, sipped slowly.

All in all, I really enjoy this Scotch, and I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys complex whisky.




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    • EricH on May 18, 2012 at 2:46 am
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    Dalmore is best known for producing the world’s most expensive bottle of whisky. The Dalmore 64 Trinitas (of which only three bottles were made hence the name) went for 100,000 pounds a bottle (about $157,610).

    Their brand ambassador and Master Blender, Richard Paterson, is also one of the most eccentric characters in the whisky world.

    • Matt Robertson on October 2, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    In 1967 when we emigrated to Kingston Ontario Canada from Glasgow it took a couple of years for us to be able to afford to pay my mother’s air fare to come over to visit my wife and I and her first born granddaughter and to see her older sister who came to Canada just after the first world war around 1918 whom she hadn’t seen in over 50 years. It was quite a reunion I can tell you, but to get to the good part she brought me a bottle of dalmore pure malt whiskey 1/2 litre 12year old and I have kept it unopened for more than 50 yrs. and I have it here and not planning to open it, it makes a good conversation piece for the future I have never mentioned this story to anyone and I was just looking at this dalmore review

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