In May, G-LO had worked The Dalmore’s UK PR firm for samples of their core range which includes the 12, 15, Cigar Malt, and 1263 King Alexander III expressions. Thankfully, their UK press agent was very kind and offered to pass along G-LO’s request to The Baddish Group (their US PR firm) and they sent along the sample pack.
G-LO took the 1263 King Alexander III and then split the remaining three between the Wookie (the 15 year old expression), the ROK (the 12 year old expression) and myself (the Cigar Malt expression).
The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve benefits from a judicious selection of 10 – 15 year old stocks drawn from casks of three types: American white oak ex-bourbon casks, 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks from Gonazlez Byass and premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques. Bottled at 44% alcohol by volume, the body, structure and character of this extraordinary expression is the perfect complement to a fine cigar.
I found the Cigar Malt to be…
- Appearance: Amber honey in color with nice legs.
- Aroma: Astringent on the nose with hints of marmalade, toffee, pipe ash and smoke.
- Taste: A medium mouthfeel. Initial hits of citrus and honey that quickly move to notes of cinnamon and spice followed by a lingering smoky finish and lasting warming effects. With a few drops of water, the peppery flavors are a bit muted and the toffee, caramel and vanilla notes move to the forefront.
- ABV: 44%
This is a whisky that is right in my wheelhouse as I favor a sweeter and less peaty whisky. As somewhat of a cigar novice (I do indulge but more with a good Port than with a whisky), I did finish my sample (after I had prepared my tasting notes) with a cigar and the Cigar Malt was every bit a complement as advertised.
Many thanks to Harry Hussein and Laura Baddish for sending us these very generous samples!