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Monday, October 10, 2016

Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve, 44 %

Review #350
Matured in Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks before it is finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barriques. Dusty dried fruits is the first thing I get in the smell. For the first time in many Dalmores I get a bit of alcohol roughness as well (and in this case it is a very good thing!). A bit of cake sweetness and some caramel as always.

Deep dark flavor profile. The extra 4 % to take it to 44 really makes a difference in the taste! The fruity notes really takes a step forward, and the oak really comes forward in the finish, yet still very elegantly. Some coffee and dark chocolate hides in the background and would probably go well alongside this whisky as well.

What a difference these extra 4 % does! It really draws the Dalmore flavor profile a step forward and lets you enjoy and explore the fruity flavors even more. Solid from start to finish. I will rate this 89/100 (22/22/23/22).

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