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Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in mid-2009, causing uproar among all right-thinking, cigar-smoking whisky fans. This dram used to sit above the 12, and below the 15 in terms of both the price-point, and the age-profiles of the whisky that went into the blend, but the new version is a little different.
The whiskies that make up the reworked cigar malt are slightly older, which has pushed up the price somewhat.
But 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.
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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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
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
Interesting taste and it was good.
9th January 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Heavy n Intense. A man's Whiskey. Yes Caramel is definitely there..
31st March 2015
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
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 this...it's really nice with typical Dalmore fruit cake, smoke and sherry notes, but just not special enough
21st October 2014
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
Seems like Dalmore tried too hard on this one. I found the tastes very superficial. Better choices for lower prices available.
1st January 2014
fresh nose, like spring on a sunny day, chocolate easter eggs, delicious sweets and gingerbreadComplex 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
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
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
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
4th October 2012
...so 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 would...so I guess that's that then.Want more now....hmmm....looking forward to tomorrow.
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
It´s a special sort.
5th April 2012