Booze Review

Whisky Review – The Dalmore Cigar Malt

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).

Here is what The Dalmore has to say about their 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!

6 replies »

  1. (Permission to comment on a non-craft beer review submitted for your consideration and action. May it fall on receptive eyes….)

    Just in case it does…….

    As it happens, before my exposure to great craft beers and ultimate subjugation by the forces of Stone as a hop soldier in the service of the Most High and Arrogant Gargoyle, I was (and still remain – though in some dormancy) a single malt aficionado (or at least a big fan). Lagavulan was always my go-to scotch of choice (especially when it roughly $45 in 90’s) and my tastes normally skewed to the smokey, peaty, earthy Islays. That said, Dalmore’s Cigar Malt was a regular tenant in my band’s green room before and during gigs. OK, more like a regular bottle on the shelf of the basement where we practiced. Nonetheless, Once or twice a month the lads and I would kill a bottle of Cigar Malt while enjoying Ashtons after practice. It appealed to all of us with it’s facile balance of peat, butterscotch, pepper and oaky dryness.

    A nice scotch to be sure. I also like the redesigned bottles even though they evoke a certain disdain for Vegans and Orthadox Menanites.



    • You ask for permission to comment and then proceed to blast away without any permission granted.

      I’m not sure what is more troubling, that you had some sort of a “band” or that we might like the same scotch.

      Now, you’d best not let the Gargoyle know that you are thinking of anything other than Stone. They might begin to suspect that you have left the net and are actually aware.


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