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20 Jul 2010

Dalmore Mackenzie

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Dalmore

Dalmore Mackenzie painting The Dalmore Mackenzie is a limited edition of 2400 bottles (+ 600 for travel retail) supporting the Clan Mackenzie Society. The bottle comes with a print of the Benjamin West painting “Fury of the Stag”, signed by John Mackenzie, the head of the Clan.

This famous Highland Clan owned The Dalmore for almost 100 years, and they are still connected through the family icon, the stag head, which The Dalmore uses to adorn their bottles. The partnership (which will not end after this special release) aims to raise funds to refurbish the Clan’s Castle Leod.


The Dalmore MackenzieDalmore Mackenzie 1992 (46%, OB 2010, port finish, 3000 btl.)

Nose: fragrant and fruity with redcurrant, cherry and fresh citrus (oranges, grapefruit). A hint of ginger. Underneath is a subtle aroma of mocha glaze and roasted nuts. Nice. Mouth: on the palate it has more body than on the nose, with lots of spices. It’s nuttier (almonds, hazelnut) and even slightly smoky. Nutmeg and ginger again. Still some fruity notes, but dried fruits this time (prunes). A tad winey. Hints of vanilla. Fades on liquorice. Finish: spicy with a return to candied oranges.

Dalmore Mackenzie is a good example of the Dalmore house style, while at the same time being lifted by the Port influence. Smooth and balanced, but a little expensive. Around € 140.

Score: 85/100

Dalmore Mackenzie 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-07-20
  • aw

    46% – they’re learning!

  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il gal

    great dram

  • Jan Corrin

    A friend of mine has been given a bottle of Mackenzie Whisky that is pre 1st world war and wondered if it is still ok to drink or if it is worth any money??

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    You’re probably talking about blended Mackenzie whisky, which is actually not related to this Dalmore Mackenzie. Most Mackenzie bottles that I’ve seen in auctions were not worth much (€ 60 at most) but it’s difficult to say unless you have an exact date or a picture somewhere. In any case it’s still okay to drink.

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