Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve Review

This is the newer iteration of Dalmore’s Cigar Malt which consists of 70% Oloroso matured malt and 30% ex-bourbon malt. It’s bottled at 44% ABV.

Nose: Heavy sherry notes full of grapes and christmas spices with slight smoke, banana, tres leches cake, and buttermilk.

Palate: Super sweet sherry up front before turning oak heavy with some smoke influence, toffee, and black tea. A muddled palate with some shining moments here and there.

Finish: Bitter oak – sherry mostly gone with some slight funk left over.

Rating: 80/100 – I’m not usually impressed by Dalmore, and this one is about what I expected. It’s not bad, but rather simple overall and a bit muddled.

Value for the money: These retail for around $125+ and it’s an easy pass at that price. This bottle should be priced closer to $50-$60 IMO.

Dalmore 19 (Signatory Vintage 1990/2010 Cask #9428) Review

This is a 19 year Dalmore expression that was matured in a sherry butt and bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Tangerine with a briny malt – sour notes with medium oak influence. Little to no sherry here – must have been one refill too many.

Palate: Salty malt with biscuits – subtle fruits in the background. Strikes me as a Glenmorangie 10 type profile.

Finish: Very bland disappearing in a flash.

Rating: 74/100 – Sherry influence was extremely negligible all around – it’s inoffensive, but not particularly enjoyable.

Value for the money: Not sure what this retailed for, but willing to guess it was around $90-$110. Whatever the retail is, I would pass.