The plum nose of the Dalmore Valour peaked my interest on a fairly recent travel through Heathrow Terminal 3 World of Whiskies.
“An expression that truly lives up to its name, Valour expertly marries together the distinct and bold characteristics of three exceptional casks. Matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry wood casks from Gonzalez Byass, before being finessed in Port pipes from the Douro region in Portugal for a unique finish.”
The Dalmore Valour was brightly presented as one of the newcomers on a recent trip via Heathrow, and the sweeter, plum-like nose appeals to a fruity whisky lover like me. At £60 (~84,5€) for a one litre bottle the Dalmore sits in the mid range, but is still of good value for a large bottling.
Is it notably interesting as a travel exclusive whisky? It is better than the Glenmorangie Dornoch that we recently reviewed. The Dalmore Valour holds more interesting layers in both the nose and the taste than the Dornoch, giving you more for your buck. The Dalmore Valour carries itself well from the initial nose to the taste, opening up well after a drop of water.
It is not an incredibly smooth whisky, even with the lower alcohol volume at 40.0%, but it does hold layers of flavours and a drop of water opens up this medley very well. Enjoy it from a Glencairn glass with a hint of water and you will be opened to chocolatey, toffee enhanced malty mouthful that feels surprisingly piquant even at 40.0%. The finish for me was a fairly quick drop-off, but enough to keep you wanting for another sip. Varying levels of treacle and raisin flavours, and even hints of nutmeg and cinnamon in the aftermath.
You should definitely give this travel retail edition from Dalmore a go, as it does stand out among many other travel exclusive single malt whiskies. At £60 (1 litre, 40.0%) it might not be #1 on your shopping list, but will work well as a present or as a slow night dram with guests over a plum pudding.
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