A recent package found its way to the door of the Philadelphia Cigar Examiner. The contents were trial size samples of a few fine spirits! One of which, The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve, seemed to be a perfect springboard for a relaxing cigar session! So, let’s talk whiskey first!
The Dalmore is a highly regarded Highland Distillery begun in 1839 on the Firth of Cromarty and bears the a stags head ornamentation on every bottle, taken from the former Clan Mackenzie owners family crest. The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve was created by Master Blender Richard Paterson from three different whiskey stock types: from white oak ex-Bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso Sherry casks, and from premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. The scotch is bottled at 44% alcohol by volume, and while no age statement is offered, it has been speculated that the whiskies used are from 10-15 years of age. Created as the successor to the previously offered The Dalmore Cigar Malt, the distillery claims “..this extraordinary expression is the perfect compliment to a fine cigar”. Let’s examine it!
With 2 fingers in a clear glass, the Cigar Malt Reserve looks like dark amber honey, and when rolled around the glass, provided ample legs, with broad sheets of scotch coating the sides. Nosing it, top notes of honeysuckle were countered by warm resinous base notes, with nuances of tobacco smoke and far off impressions of dry sherry. Tasting it is a complex event, offering a fairly light mouthfeel, with sensations of bright citrus peel being countered by phenols, resin, wood, and malt with a light spice and a lingering but non-offensive light tobacco smoke aftertaste.Sure seemed like a natural for a good cigar! Off to the humidor, a Romeo Y Julieta Regalias de Londres was selected as a petite smoke to go along for the flavor ride.
The RyJ was a nice compliment to this particular scotch. The cigar featured a cedar, tea, and white pepper prelight, which turned to toasted wood, walnut meats, and cracked pepper spice during the smoking session. The overall scotch flavors helped to bolster the flavor of the cigars’ smoke, and the smoky nature of the finish fit in perfectly and amplified the lingering finish notes. Seems that Mister Paterson knows a thing a thing or two about cigars as well!
Looking to add some new scotch to your collection as Fall approaches? Cigar fan as well? Consider treating yourself to The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve!
Kudos and thanks to Sara and the entire Baddish Group for the opportunity to sample such a fine dram!! Cheers and Long Ashes to you! Also look for a future installment with the review and cigar pairing of the other fine spirit sent with compliments, Four Roses Single Barrel!
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