This whisky has been quietly sitting at the back of my spirits stash for too long.
Worried that it could be getting past it’s ‘best before’ date a few drams were deemed in order.
Dalmore is a popular brand represented by the highly entertaining master blender Richard Paterson.
Valour is a Travel Retail Exclusive NAS (Non Age Statement) matured in ex-bourbon casks & aged in oloroso & port barrels. Presented at 40% it contains added caramel & is likely chill filtered too.
I found it an easy going single malt with a soft kiss of tobacco smoke, dark fruits & a touch of prickly frisson on the finish.
I’d describe the flavours as dirty, muddy & muted – but they are warming, welcoming & accessible.
The whole range benefits from a visually distinctive bottle replete with a deer’s antler motif.
A rather ‘safe’ whisky.
Dalmore webpage here.
An interview with Richard Paterson here.