Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.
This sample was kindly sent to me by The Amateur Drammer along with a cigar pairing of a Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos. I’d like to say a big thank you to Andrew for sending these to me after a I comment on a picture of his saying that I’d added this to my “Whisky Bucket-List”! Andrew informed me that the Cigar Malt was designed to be paired with a Partagas not a Hoyo, however it paired really well anyway.
Sherry, fruit – raisins, wine. Sweet, vanilla and lots of fudge.
Fruit – raisins, citrus – lime and orange zest, sherry. As with the nose it’s also sweet with vanilla and fudge coming through under the fruity notes.
Hazelnuts and vanilla. Slightly drying.
Earthy yet sweet with milk chocolate and vanilla notes.
Typical Dalmore taste – sweet and fruity and exuding quality. In truth if you were to be given this in a blind tasting and you weren’t a whisky drinker you might easily think you were drinking a cocktail and not a neat whisky as the fruits and fudge dominate on the nose and palate. On it’s own it’s another stunning whisky from the Dalmore range. So how about with the cigar?
The sweet chocolate and vanilla notes from the cigar go really well with the vanilla and fudge in the whisky. While the sherry, fruit and citrus of the whisky actually contrast with the earthiness of the cigar. This made for a really enjoyable experience and a great treat for my birthday dram.
At around £70 a bottle this isn’t a whisky to go out and buy on a whim though. Personally I’d say if you like smoking cigars and want a great whisky to pair with them then go for it. It will make a great social experience for you and your friends. If you don’t smoke cigars then I’d suggest going for a cheaper Dalmore or alternatively splashing out about £20 more and buying their 18 year old instead.
Taken from Dalmore Website.
Cinnamon, vanilla and red fruits.
Tropical fruits, banana toffee and vanilla ice cream.
Orange zest, bergamot.