It’s no secret I’m a lover of whisky, indeed that amber elixir could be considered one of my favourite indulgences.
Some may say there is no such thing as bad whisky, (that is certainly debateable) but there certainly are some that are better than others.
I’ve been a fan of whisky from the isle of Jura for a few years now, slowly working my way up the chain of their bottling’s. For those you who would like to know, Jura is an island of the inner Hebrides that has been producing whisky official and unofficially for several hundred years.
The current distillery, which I can only imagine is like my own version of Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory, (but with more tipsy Oompa-Loompas) was rebuilt in the 1960’s.
Dalmore 15 hovers around the mid-range of the highland producer’s collection and is great whisky to choose for someone who perhaps enjoyed an entry level highland malt, such as a Glemorangie 10, and is now looking for the next level up. Like the majority of highland malts, Dalmore 15 is an oily and predominantly sweet whisky which is very drinkable. The deep Christmassy notes of; dried fruits, dark chocolate, citrus etc, which run through the nose, palate and finish, make Dalmore 15 a great whisky to buy as we enter what is inevitably going to be a cold winter. It is also impossible to not admire the way in which the 15 year expression is presented; the silver stag which adorns the front of the strange bottle shape gleams when caught in the light and offers a welcome change from the standard whisky bottle shape to which we have all become accustomed.