Dalmore’s heritage dates back to 1263. It was in this year that Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, saved King Alexander III from the fury of a charging stag. In recognition of this noble act the King granted the Mackenzie Clan the right to use the 12 pointed Royal stag emblem on their coat of arms. When descendants of the Clan became owners of The Dalmore distillery in 1867, the Royal Stag became the recognisable icon that proudly adorns each bottle of The Dalmore today; an emblem which encapsulates a rich past.
The Dalmore house style derives from a close and trusted relationship that was forged with sherry house Gonzalez Byass over 100 years ago. The rare casks, which have previously held 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry, are exclusive to The Dalmore. These casks enrich the signature chocolate and orange character of Dalmore's whisky with rich and nutty flavours.
The 12 Year Old is an outstanding single malt matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and finished in rare and aged oloroso sherry casks.
The Dalmore 12 Year Old has aromas of citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices. The palate continues with concentrated citrus flavours, oloroso sherry and hints of vanilla pod. The finish has a hint of decadence with roasted coffee and chocolate. "With its intricate aromas and flavours, The Dalmore 12 is recognised as a whisky with character far beyond its age." Richard Paterson, Master Distiller.