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04 Aug 2009

Dalmore Gran Reserva

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Dalmore

About a year ago, The Dalmore revised its core range. The Dalmore ‘Cigar Malt’ was replaced by this ‘Gran Reserva’. It is a combination of Gonzalez Byass sherry matured spirit (60%) and bourbon matured spirit (40%). There’s no age statement, but it is said to be between 10 and 15 years. As a possible partner for a good Havana, it should be robust, rich and aromatic. Now where did I leave those Montecristo’s…


Dalmore Gran ReservaThe Dalmore ‘Gran Reserva’
(40%, OB 2008)

Nose: heather and dark chocolate. Rather malty. Orange marmelade. Cake. Hints of sherry and oak. Roasted coffee beans. Mouth: slightly weakish but rich enough. Heather again. Orange notes. Caramel as well (too bad). Vague smoke. Finish: mixture of coffee, dry oloroso sherry and hints of vanilla.

This Dalmore has a nicely roasted, sherried and robust character but it could gain extra points with a higher strength. A point of criticism that’s not new, but still valid in times when other distilleries are switching to 43 and 46% for standard bottlings. Around € 40.

Score: 81/100

Dalmore Gran Reserva 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-08-04
  • gal


    i liked the damore 15 very much. have you tried that one? how would u compare this one to the 15?
    it interests me as i found the other one quite compelling

  • Ruben

    Hi Gal, I haven’t tried the 15yo yet so I’m afraid I can’t make the comparison. From what I’ve heard, the 15 should be better indeed.

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  • Shane

    Gran Reserva is my regular, go to Scotch. I would score it higher personally and I disagree with the criticism about its strength. Stronger is not always better and would likely cause a harshness in this bottling. The lack of an alcohol burn at the back of the throat is one of the things that appeals to me regarding this Scotch. As it is, this Scotch is smooth enough and flavorful enough to convert even the most die hard Bourbon drinker to Scotch. This is just my opinion though.



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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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