Whisky Tasting with The Dalmore Whisky.
LUXURY SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Last week, I was invited by the Dalmore for an evening of whisky tasting with their Master Distiller, Richard Paterson. It was an honor to join the brand and a few friendly faces (Ian Elkins and Ryan Clark) for an intimate tasting of the Dalmore 12, 18, King Alexander III and The Cigar Malt.
This was my first time interacting with the brand and meeting Richard Paterson. He is the perfect guy for the job - confident and absolutely hilarious. To give you a little backstory, Richard Paterson learned the art of whisky making from his father. He is deeply invested in the craft and lends his knowledge to the creation of each marque. He has been the Dalmore Master Distiller for 50 years and to commemorate his contributions, they released the Dalmore 50 - which was produced in limited quantities - sorry guys.
The night started beautifully. The weather that evening was actually perfect - I got to wear by newly purchased vintage sport coat. I wanted to look proper but also casual. Not to pat myself on the back but I think I achieved that. I was the first one to arrive, and was properly greeted by Mr. Dalmore himself. Now, I'm not much of whisky guy but after learning about how to properly taste whisky, I became a fan. So I learned you can’t just drink whisky straight up. There are techniques - which Richard taught us. First, you have to take your time and smell the whisky in your glass. After the first sip, you leave it in your mouth for 10 seconds and then swallow. Who knew?! Once you employ this method, you can get a feel for the tasting notes used to blend each marque, for example, the chocolate, vanilla pod and coffee present in the Dalmore 18.
Richard also taught us about the aging process of each blend. Most of the marques in the Principal Collection are named after the number of years they are aged. This process is quite extensive. Taking the 18 again as my example - it is initially matured in American white oak for 14 years and then transferred to Matusalem oloroso sherry butts for an additional 4 years.
It is apparent that this is a process that cannot be rushed (I am basically a whisky expert now).
The night was filled with laughter and went by way too quickly. Though, I did get to bring home the Dalmore 12 - my pick of the evening - as a souvenir of sorts. It was truly a night to remember.
About the Dalmore Collections.
" The Dalmore's core range is made up of single malt whiskys aged for up to 25 years, they include The Dalmore 12, 15, 18, 25, Cigar Malt Reserve and King Alexander III. Each blend is nosed and assessed by the brand's master distiller, Richard Paterson, and later matched with wood profiles - resulting in an extensive flavor portrait which the Dalmore takes great pride in. "
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