The legendary Dalmore 18 displays an age statement of 18 years. The first 14 years of this single malt’s existence are spent aging in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. This portion of the process is fairly standard in terms of many Scotch whiskies. It is in the late maturation stages that this particular release defines itself.
A relationship with the González Byass sherry house has resulted in an exclusive selection of 30-year-old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts being provided to The Dalmore. This is where the whisky is transferred in order to mature for a final four years prior to bottling.
The distillery describes the 18-year-old as “an evolution” of the house style. Let’s taste and see what exactly that means.