Dalmore Cigar Blend Reserve Single Malt Scotch
Dalmore Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from plump, golden barley sourced from the rich, coastal soils of the Black Isle. Once the barley has been harvested, it is milled and mashed before being fermented with water drawn from the Cromarty Firth. Once the barley has been fermented, the wash is distilled twice, first through Dalmore Distillery's copper-pot wash stills and then again through its copper-pot spirit stills. The wash stills have an unusually flat-top, while the spirit stills are equipped with cold water jackets. This unusual equipment — the water jackets rinse cold water near the top of the still — makes it difficult for the lighter elements of the whisky to pass through the still, and ultimately results in a more opulent and rich whisky.
The Cigar Malt Reserve is matured in three different types of casks, used bourbon, three decade-old Matusalem Oloroso Sherry butts, and casks that were previously used to mature Cabernet Sauvignon from the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux.
The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve Scotch Whisky has soft notes of cinnamon, figs, honey and orange zest, which are complemented by notes of stone fruits (particularly plums), cherries, apricots and raspberries. It scored a Double Gold in the 2019 International Spirits Challenge.