This is the first single Malt Scotch I’ve had from the Dalmore, but I can guarantee it won’t be my last! I was sent a sample for review a few months ago, and I really gave this a good go! Not only did I have it with a cigar, but I finished the sample and had 3 cigars, all of varying sizes and strengths to really get the impact of this whisky.
I started with a Perdomo Factory second Torpedo. This was a well crafted spicy little number that was a great smoke. I think it was a second, because there was a slight seam to the wrapper leaf that you can sort of make out in the photo. I could have easily ripped the wrapper by taking it in and out of my mouth with my fingers rubbing over the seam, but I figured it out soon enough and any wrapper damage was avoided.
What you don’t know about me is that I really don’t care for a really spicy cigar, just like I don’t care for overly peated scotch whiskys. This cigar was just on the edge of acceptable for my palate and under different circumstances I may have pitched it in favor of something more to my liking, however this is where the whisky comes in. When I smoke a spicy cigar I have to drink something, because it creates a lump in my throat that can only be removed with a sip of something. Well I’m here to tell you this was the perfect something.
This Whisky had a touch of brininess to it at first with then a sweet leathery flavor around mid palate with a nice sherry finish that was dry but lasted about 20 seconds. All the while flavors of plum and dried apricot, mango and pineapple were dancing around on my tastebuds. This was a truly unique whisky, made so much better by the cigar, and vice versa!
Once I finished the Perdomo, I moved onto a Nub Connecticut shade Dominican. This was a much lighter cigar by comparison, but the whisky changed a bit and took a more dominant role in the flavor mixing. Lots of leather with the lighter cigar with hints of oak and tobacco coming out of the Dalmore.
I finished the night with an Alec Bradley Platinum Maduro. This was the heaviest of the three, with a big and buttery smoke and big yet smooth flavor. for this stick, the Dalmore was again the perfect companion. This brought out some of the sweeter elements of the whiskey a caramelly, rum and vanilla flavor, and a nice plum with sherry was emphasized.
I don’t know how they did it, perhaps they are Whisky Wizards, but the people over at the Dalmore have created a unique whisky for cigar pairing. Their Cigar Malt Reserve was exquisite and somehow paired perfectly with any cigar I chose to smoke. This is an 88 proof whiskey that has been aged in 70% sherry casks, and 30% bourbon casks. It doesn’t say for how long it is aged, but whatever the time it is just right. It is part of their “Most Exclusive” collection, and unfortunately I looked online and the cheapest I can find this is $132 a 750 ML bottle. Good thing I was sent a sample of this most amazing Scotch Whisky.
If you are a cigar smoker I can think of no finer whisky to have with a smoke. If you aren’t a cigar smoker…well that is a shame, but I’m sure the Dalmore has plenty of other good whiskys for you too.