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Dalmore Cigar Malt

(70cl, 44%)

Dalmore Cigar Malt

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Dalmore Cigar Malt Bottling Note

Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in mid-2009, causing quite an uproar indeed. The whiskies used for the reworked version were actually slightly older, but naturally still pair perfectly with a cigar.

It's a great whisky, whether you drink with its intended purpose in mind or not. And if you do enjoy cigars, you'll want to know that the stick that provided the flavour benchmark for pairing is the hefty Partagas Serie D No. 4.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Caramel, shortbread, biscuits, coffee and chocolates. Simple, clean and moreish.

Palate: Yet more toffee, caramel edging towards the burnt cinder-toffee side of things. Flamed orange-zest, and perfectly integrated sherry.

Finish: Reasonably simple, Christingles (orange Zest and clove with a touch of cinnamon), more mid-palate than palate-coating.

Overall: Definitely meets the criteria of pairing with a ‘BIG’ cigar.

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Dalmore Cigar Malt Reviews

Spiced toffee with a smokey waft

This is an elegant whisky. I do not, and never have smoked; a fact which put me off buying this malt. A lover of Dalmore, I took the plunge and discovered one of my favourite drams. Ready to drink without water a sweet spiced toffee caramel ends with a lovely waft of smoke. On the nose it is like smelling warm toffee in a wood shop. Add water and the smokiness intensifies and the toffee becomes richer. A beautiful dram

10th October 2020

Well worth a taste if your not into whiskies that have a taste of peat of smoke.

Probably my favourite whisky, a smooth tasting whisky light in colour and not to harsh on the palate .

4th February 2020

Nice tipple for a Cigarillo!

Just tried the 44% version. Not enough sherry - or kick for my liking! A reasonable whisky nonetheless! Ok, but seriously, if this is a 'Cigar Malt Blend'...bottle it at a G..D... Cigar Smokers Strength!; I.E. CASK STRENGTH!

25th January 2020

Perfect present

Great present for my 50th in 2018, just finished the bottle and it matured nicely, great start to my collection

28th December 2019

Even with out a cigar still smooth!!!

Goes incredibly good with a good cigar . Had some last week with a nice cigar👍🏾👍🏾

24th October 2019

See above

Great with a Cuban Bolivar! Strong malt and a strong cigar.

Good job!

18th October 2019

Lovely Whisky

My best friend purchased Dalmore Cigar Malt for me, for my birthday. My wife provided the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Cigars. A match made in Haberdashery Heaven! Wonderful smooth drinkability!!

26th September 2019

Drink the spirit of the season

Well, I tried Dalmore Cigar Malt 2019 at a tasting at Joe Canal's Lawrenceville store and I was very impressed. I found this Dalmore Cigar Malt far more balanced and sophisticated than the JW Blue I used to cherish on occasion. The Pete is the palate, not the main course. The spice notes are precise and excellent. The finish is superb.
The warmth and spirit of a blazing winter hearth in a bottle.

19th September 2019

A warm and gentle dram for a dark night

Smooth notes on the nose, warm and gentle at first taste, rolling through from caramel and zest to hint at the sherry and oak finish. A new favourite for me.

6th September 2019

Best in peace

It is a single malt that really gives you pleasure in the Company with a cuban or a Dominican.

10th February 2019

Pssssssssssssssst...keep it a secret!

Touch of the Islay's about it...sweet, tangy and tart, but with a underlying gentle Highlands taste.Exceptionally smooth, so there is quality distillation happening here and careful ageing in good casks. Overtly coloured, but this is probably how the punters [read: smokers] like it - strong, dark, flavourful and smoky. At 44% ALC/VOL, with its inherent provenance securely intact, water or ice added only detracts from the magnificent pleasure of letting this Whisky sit for at least 15 minutes to open up and enjoy neat in its intended form.

1st December 2018


Very fine

27th November 2018's $85

This is $159 at Total Wine 9/12/2018. I'm hearth broken, I paid too much.

13th September 2018


Magnificent offering from Dalmore. Tried my first dram tonight and was very impressed. Cant wait to have an actual cigar with it.

19th July 2018

Rip off

Really poor. One of the worst whiskies I have in my collection. Would be expensive at half the price. Trying my best to like it but nothing there and very harsh. In my opinion a marketing ploy and cheap young whisky. Avoid!

22nd May 2018

Love it!

I never really developed a taste for Scotch, but the first time I had the Cigar Malt, it got my attention!

17th July 2017

An excellent Dalmore

I don't smoke cigars but I really enjoy this single malt. It has a profile that is very much Dalmore but is distinctly different from the 15 yr or 18 yr expressions or King Alexander III. Amazing nose with hints of leather, tobacco leaves, and fine sherried oak. Cabernet savignon finnishing really adds an extra layer of luxury to the nose. The palate is full and luxurious with chocolate, dried fruit, sherried oak (but the sweetness is mild, barley-driven). The finish is long and warm with more chocolate, dried fruit, and the pleasant dried, deep oak.
This is one of Richard Patterson's finest creations.

25th February 2017


Regardless if you like a cigar or not if you like wine then it's a fantastic dram

5th February 2017

Not for me but it is good to have different options.

I have a bottle of the original pre 2009 cigar malt that I haven't opened yet. Not a fan of this newer version but I wasn't that keen on the original either simply because I felt it was less subtle than my usual favourites although I know there are some serious fans out there and it deserved recognition for offering something very different. I did also find that the original was much better towards the end of a heavy evening when subtlety has gone by the wayside.
I'm giving it a 3 although the original got 4 from me as I could see why that one appealed to people after a heavier whisky.

25th January 2017

Works well for me!

Interesting taste and it was good.

9th January 2017

David Horsburgh

An excellent malt polished it off on xmas eve

7th January 2017


excellently smooth and velvety-gently massages the palate while caressing ones tonsils a warm stream of treacle as it goes down causing ones eyes to close uncontrollably exposing your vulnerability to this liquid equivalent of gold!

11th December 2016

Mrs Bryony Kemp

Totally exquisite. My Husband bought this during a business trip to the distillery a few years ago and we were instantly hooked. We love the depth and taste.

12th October 2016

Give me the original

The original Cigar Malt is my absolute favorite. But I only have a half bottle left. Any recommendations out there for something comparable? And please don't suggest the Reserve. Not the same and way too pricey. Anyone?

19th September 2016

No cigar needed and splitting opinion

I personally feel there is a great amount of snobbery surrounding this as it is a whisky that is young and for the price not worth it for some snobs (as age statements are everything of course). Furthermore the young age is why E150 has been used but it in no way affects the taste with overwhelming sweetness, people are exaggerating that. To be quite honest I feel as though Dalmore divides opinion full stop, not just this particular single malt. Overall I think it's a whisky worth the money I found it to be unusual as there was a minty freshness to it and it was just very complex on the nose.

30th August 2016


Smooth as silk

28th August 2016

Very Nice

Got this in at duty free shop. Was very impressed with the taste. Would recommend.

28th June 2016


The taste was new for me. Strong!

19th June 2016


Very nice. Has a couple of sharp edges but very very nice.

20th March 2016

Awful, just awful stuff

At first taste, there is a strong hit of artificial caramel, almost as if the caramel flavor is coming from the coloring. One dimensional in flavor. No complexity, bland in the middle and the finish, and very harsh. So far the only scotch I have ever had where I could not finish the dram in my glass. Vile to the finish.

1st December 2015

Absolutely lovely.

My wife and I spent a few days in Edinburgh in October, we went in one of the small bars in a back street (didn't take the name) ordered the wife a Gin and I thought after browsing the shelves I'd have a Dalmore Cigar Malt.

It was such a surprise just how smooth it was I'm no connoisseur although I have had some nice malts but this was great, enough of my banter already I will be getting a 70cl bottle very soon. The tasting notes etc are bang on too, I will try with a cigar next although I don't smoke anymore, you have to do the tests.

15th November 2015

Dalmore Cigar Single Malt

Heavy n Intense. A man's Whiskey. Yes Caramel is definitely there..

31st March 2015

Grab Your Cutters.

Caramel, biscuits, toffee, orange zest, slight clove. Dry smell. Can see how this can be ideal with a cigar but I'm sure you can also enjoy a cigar with another spirit one tends to enjoy. Would make a great gift. Still lean more toward Dalmore 18. Enjoyable nonetheless.

28th February 2015

Very Different.

I like it a lot. Someone mentioned here that their first sip was very disappointing. I had the same exact experience. It grew on me and is one of my favorites. It's dense and chewy. It sticks to your glass, fat legs. There really is no other whiskey like it.

22nd January 2015


This is a lovely drop, as to be expected from Dalmore, but for my taste not significantly different (or better) than Dalmore 18...i would in fact recommend the standard 12 year old over's really nice with typical Dalmore fruit cake, smoke and sherry notes, but just not special enough

21st October 2014

Not what it was

I recently retrieved my last bottle of the "real" Cigar Malt that I had stashed 5 years ago. I shared it with a couple of like-minded friends on my 60th birthday. We all agreed that it was still the best of the Highland single malts - and we'd loved the price (~$34 at the time). One had brought the new Cigar malt - sorry pard. It ain't as good, and it's damned expensive

20th May 2014


Funny as I've just had a dram of this with a Partagas Serie D No. 4 (My cigar of choice) and didn't even realise that the whisky was blended to go with it haha still an epic combination, and I would recommend to everyone that they try it, although if you're not a cigar smoker, be prepared to get your face blown off by the partagas :) Enjoy!!!

3rd April 2014

So so

Seems like Dalmore tried too hard on this one. I found the tastes very superficial. Better choices for lower prices available.

1st January 2014

Nice, very nice!

fresh nose, like spring on a sunny day, chocolate easter eggs, delicious sweets and gingerbread
Complex palate, spicy, pepper, cinnamon, orange zeste, even some roast chicken (like my mother used to make)
A long and warm finish, so sweet and smooth it's melting away like a dream early in the morning, with a touch of vintage port, white chocolate . Lovely !!!! I Whish it could last even longer. Absolutely fabulous.
Defenitely one of my top 10 drams

19th November 2013


It has got to be one of the most end of the day relaxing Scotches on the market, I don't know where you get bottles for 29 bucks when mine cost me 145.95 in the LCBO in Canada you must have stole it at that price.

1st April 2013

Love it

Not sure why and I'm sure not gonna complain, but the liquor store here sells it for $29 for a 750ml. I'll be buying more.

7th March 2013

Pricey; But A Great Whisky All The Same

Had a chance to try this one by the glass at a company Christmas party, and it immediately jumped into my top 5 of all time. Bold, yet smooth; nice full body... this whisky is a stunner! Lots of caramel all the way through it... a bit like creme brulee both on the nose (toasted brown sugar) and on the palate (creamy vanilla custard, more caramel). Just a hint of cinnamon on the finish. Would get a full 10 stars from me if I could afford to buy a full bottle... at $104, I'll have to stick to buying it by the glass when I can. The Glendronach 15 Year Revival is a great alternative for a little over half the price.

23rd December 2012

Doesn't work for me

This is a very nice whisky, plenty of sherry and some smoke on the end but it's way over priced. It just lacks something and doesn't seem to intergrate correctly, lacks balance. Wont be buying again unless Dalmore drop the price to well under 50 quid.

19th November 2012

oops, forgot to rate it....

(as above)

4th October 2012

ok, ok.... this arrived today, been waiting to try this for a while now.

The nose is outstanding, like a confectionary tray. Time to get stuck in I say...

Initial taste was very nice, but one of disappointment, not because it's bad, but because it's not as good as I was hoping - maybe I've got my expections set too high. It's expensive, so I'll give it a 2nd chance...

...ok back 5 mins later, I've told it to sit there and behave and do what it's supposed to do. Maybe it's because it took the initial tasting to calibrate my taste buds or maybe it was because it was a new bottle and drank straight out, who knows....but now we're talkin!

This is more like it.

Loveley mouth feel and lots of sherry (but not over done, just helping and playing it's well constructed part). Great finish I can still taste now.

Ok, so I take it back, it's cracking. Is it worth the price? Jury is out. I'd be happier paying around £50-£55 for it, but saying that, would I buy it again.....yes, yes I I guess that's that then.

Want more now....hmmm....looking forward to tomorrow.

4th October 2012

no cigar needed

had a sample of this yesterday. It's quite a rich, sherried dram - theres a sweetness there, not like the light, innocuous sweet of say old pulteney 12 or tullamore dew, but a more rounded, complex sweetness - a fine whisky and well worth the money

22nd June 2012

Cigar Dalmore

It´s a special sort.

5th April 2012

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