Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Velvety in texture, with delicate layers of hazelnut toffee, sea salt and milk chocolate. Orange wood and dusty dried herb emerge upon further sipping. A densely-structured collection of flavors in an attractive, eminently drinkable package. (Apr 2016)
Wine Enthusiast 95 points - Aged in a series of barrels-first American oak, then transferred to a former oloroso Sherry cask and finished in used Cabernet Sauvignon barriques-this Scotch would be an outstanding dessert accompaniment too. Look for dusty cocoa and lots of Sherried dark fruit, like figs and dates, wrapped in caramel and baking tones that linger on the spicy finish.
The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve benefits from a judicious selection of aged stocks drawn from casks of three types: American white oak ex-bourbon casks, 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts 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.