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Dalmore King Alexander III

(70cl, 40%)

Dalmore King Alexander III

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Dalmore King Alexander III Bottling Note

A sextuple-wood bottling from Dalmore. This auspiciously-named dram was matured in wine, Madeira, Sherry, Marsala, Kentucky bourbon and Port casks. King Alexander III is a rich, fruity Highland single malt.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Malty and utterly Dalmore. Seville orange zest, Parfait Amour, malty cereal, barley and chocolate. Creamy vanilla fudge, tropical fruit with a vaguely vinous quality.

Palate: Medium, rounded. Winter berries, spice, zesty orange. Liqueurs emerge; Grand Marnier, kirsch and Frangelico.

Finish: Peppery with well-integrated oak and the claret makes a last minute appearance.

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Dalmore King Alexander III Reviews

Simply the best

I have had a number of whiskys in my time and I can safely say this is the best I have had. Sublime.

26th June 2020

Possibly the best NAS whisky I have ever had

Now when I saw this particular bottle, I was curious, but I tend not to go for any whisky that crosses too far over that three figure threshold. £120 has very much been my upper limit for a single bottle, and at that price point I am expecting a decent age statement. However I got a new job back in September, and in the immortal words of Tom Haverford: "Treat yo' self!" so I bought myself a bottle. I managed to get it at a marginally more reasonable £152, but I was still acutely aware of how much money I had just spent on a NAS whisky.

That was until the first dram passed my lips. Then that all melted away like the early morning frost on a cold winter's day, the perfect kind of day to sip one of these by the fire. Like most Dalmore offerings it has that almost creamy vanilla scent and that fruitiness that unerringly casts you back to thoughts of late autumn and winter.

It is smooth and well rounded with that effortless balance of vanilla decadence and spice, married with that zesty fruit that dances on the tongue. This is that perfect nightcap before bed on Christmas Eve or that warming dram after an exhausting evening of trick or treating with your nieces.

Yes, it's expensive and at this price point most of us will have a bit of caution or even buyers regret, no matter how good it is, but it is indeed a damn fine whisky and I feel like it might be the best NAS whisky I have ever had.

15th May 2020

Dalmore whiskey refined and smooth

Went to The Dalmore distillery just before. Lockdown tried it there .And got myself a bottle with the glasses case to match . Love this whisky to me its very refined and smooth will be buying again

11th May 2020

Simply the best

I have had a number of whiskys in my time and I can safely say this is the best I have had. Sublime.

6th May 2020

Its nice but...

Its a nice dram. On the nose its a creamy fudge, hints if vanilla.

Its so smooth on the palate, a well balanced dram, loads of fudge and to end comes a pepper texture, works well.

Dont get me wrong this is a nice dram and I could drink this all the time but the price is way out. Its so expensive, you could get so many other bottles for half the price and still have a great dram. I doubt il go for this again due to the price. If this was £100 id be all over it but its way out for me.

27th March 2020

Good but not Gold

Smooth, sweet caramel, touch of smoke. Just lovely, however 12yr old Blair Athol Flours for £50 was as enjoyable.

4th February 2020

Defiantly try

A very smooth whisky full of flavor I would highly recommend this as it has a beautiful balance

26th December 2019

Love it

An amazing dram absolutely love it definitely my favourite

2nd November 2019

Great balance but tough on the bank balance

This is a really good whisky. Really nice nose to it, the palate is complex - it sounds cliche but you can really taste, if you look for it the, the influence of the different casks, I personally thought the Madeira, Marsala, and Sherry were most noticeable, but it all goes together well. The finish is probably my favorite part of this dram as it is both very pleasing and long lasting. I can't imagine anyone who enjoys whisky not enjoying this.

The problem, the big problem, with this whisky is its big price. As lovely as it is I just cannot for see myself paying what I paid for it (and I got it for a price roughtly 30% cheaper than MOM). It simply does not represent value for money and there are better options, at this price range, available. If you do have the cash lying round you'll not be disappointed, but you may also think twice about buying a second bottle.

31st October 2019

All hail the King

This whisky is, as others have said, a masterpiece. Take the Dalmore 15, which is already a sophisticated and well-balanced dram with a hearty and delicious Christmas cake profile. Then unlock all the dormant potential within that whisky: the fruit, the spices, the subtle woodiness, the rich and warming smoothness. By magic, this whisky takes all of those flavours and enhances them, making them stand out individually on your palate whilst you sip but still seeming like parts of a greater whole. A whisky you must absolutely try once in your life, even if the price means you have to make do with a sample (as in my case)

2nd February 2019

Nice, but not wow...

This is a good whisky, and I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t wowed. I bought it as a special dram for Christmas to share with my Dad and while the package and bottle are special, it just didn’t wow like a lot of the reviews suggest.

By all means, if you get a chance then it’s certainly enjoyable but I wouldn’t buy again.

1st February 2019

A bit rough on the palate and not to my taste

I was quite disappointed. I found this whisky a bit rough on the palate, and it certainly wasn't to my taste. My partner, on the other hand, found it smooth and quite enjoyable.

13th December 2018

Well worth the investment to experience the pleasure

This was without doubt one of the most memorable and thought provoking, and quite wonderful whiskies I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing, shared the privilege with some friends who were equally as delighted with the uniquely smooth complexities that can only be described first class.

12th December 2018

A masterpiece in the art of whisky making

No, no. A whisky cannot taste this good! It's simply incredible. Just the first sip was so goddamn smooth! This is one dangerous single malt scotch, goes down way too easily. I could go through a bottle of this in a night- Fact.

Drink this neat or with a drop of water and just be immersed in the flavour palate of cinnamon, ginger, almonds, caramel and nutmeg. A very warm, charming and inviting flavour profile.

The nose is very mellownand christmasy. I would describe it as dried, festive fruits and berries. all of that combined sets this scene in my head.

(I keep repeating "Warm" and that's because it reminds me of winter, where one would crave being inside and warm. That's the feeling i get from this whisky, a comfortable and cosy smelling aroma...if that makes any sense whatsoever)

I am a duke living in a grand countryside mansion, i am sitting in a large armchair with a table beside me with a glass and a bottle of Dalmore KAIII. There's a large fire place in front of me, Crackling and snapping. my dog, a chocolate labrador, is laid in front of it, curled into a slight arch his head just above his paws. The weather outside is snowing heavily and the lighting is one chandelier above me, just so that it looks peaceful, warm and inviting. I am wearing a gown or robe with some slippers on, reading a smashing book. Perhaps a tad too much, but the general idea is that this is a special scotch. One that isn't to be opened unless you are celebrating a special momeht or toast.

Please stop reading and buy a bottle. I guarantee the taste and experience far, far outweigh the cost. Trust me.

A masterpiece by Dalmore.

13th November 2018

Five stars

This is a beautiful whiskey with a taste of fruits. Caramel almonds cinnamon nutmeg and ginger. A beautiful whiskey to get the tastebuds going. A must try

17th March 2018

Fit for a King

This is a remarkable scotch that delivers on all fronts. It’s warming and flavorful, and somehow has a taste of chocolate covered oranges. Levels above Macallan 18. This scotch represents bravery and heroism, therefore, suitable for special toasting. Enjoy.

7th January 2018

All-time favorite!

I bought this one for my husband before we were married because it came highly recommended and his name happens to be Alex. It turned out to be MY favorite scotch (and he loved it). We have since gotten married, and we used it for our toast. Then, we went to Scotland and toured tons of distilleries (and did plenty of tasting 'research' before we left), and this is still hands-down my favorite. Amazing vanilla, brown sugar, buttery, dark notes with an amazing and long-lasting finish. Do yourself a favor and try it!

26th November 2017

Worth trying

If you are a fan of the Dalmore then this won't disappoint. At the same time it is distinct from their other offerings. Smooth and complex, but perhaps a bit pricey. It is worth trying for yourself and making your mind up.

22nd November 2017

A Try Before You Die Whisky

Quite possibly one of the best Whiskies I've ever tasted. I've had more expensive and Iv had cheaper but this one has turned me in to a Dalmore convert. Whisky just wouldn't be the same without it

18th October 2017

A must have!

Phenomenal. Smooth, delicious. I have not had a single person try this and not proclaim it to be the very best scotch they have ever tasted. This should be in every scotch drinkers whiskey cabinet.

9th October 2017


Luckily I won this on an auction site for less than rrp so I won't be leaving stars as it's one of the only bottles I've not purchased from MoM.

I guess I was expecting something phenomenal from this with it being finished in 6 different casks, maybe it's confused on which direction it should be? Sherry? Bourbon?

I've tried the Dalmore 12, 15 and cigar malt and you can tell it's a Dalmore.... it does have a complexity but the finish is so abrupt! Where does it go? Hello?

I really really wanted to be amazed by this but I'm left underwhelmed. It would be a good introduction to single malt to those who proclaim they don't like whisky due to the burn (blended malt drinkers) but not at the rrp. If this was around £60 id be recommending it as an entry to single malt to those looking to explore....but it isn't so I won't.

Final note: feels like someone has already added a drop of water to open it up....should have left it to me.

30th September 2017

Too pricey for what it is

It's a fine whisky, and one that I usually recommend to casual or non Scotch drinkers due to it's approachable notes and short muted finish. For me however this was one of my more disappointing purchases, I would be interested in tasting a version of this with maybe 54% abv. I think a cask strength approach would have benefited this whiskey greatly. Given the USD250.00 price I would recommend saving 50.00 and just buying a bottle of Signet instead.

24th September 2017

It does not need to be an aged sometimes, you try it and you'll know what I mean..👍🏻

It does not need to be an aged sometimes, you try it and you'll know what I mean..👍🏻

25th August 2017

Complex evolution, but worth £150? I think not..

No 'No Age Statement' (NAS) should cost £150!. Yes, complex flavour evolution, mid palate very peppery and quite a mouth burn, evolves into a smoother ending. Lots of orange notes, glad I purchased a 'drinks by the dram' version to test, rather than spend £150+ on what I consider to be a whisky easilty out-classed by £50 bottlings from other distillers

3rd July 2017

Good whisky. Nice attempt. Not for vintage whisky drinkers

Matured in six different casks and brought together, this King Alexander III from dalmore ticks all the boxes for someone who loves to drink an elegant whisky with flavours and textures. However, if u r someone who can easily differentiate young whiskies from old matures whiskies and prefer the aged ones, this one may be a slight disappoint as it has pretty much young whiskies heavily reliant on the flavours from the casks.
Nose: Sweet, fruity and lots of wine
Palate: Chewy. Smooth. Fruity flavours. Lots of wine influence. A bit spicey.
Finish: Bitter and medium. The wine influence is quite high.

Easy and rich and elegant on the palate. Low ABV of 40% helps.

31st May 2017

Buy this

Hands down the best whisky I've tried, don't worry about the price you cant go wrong with this.

4th May 2017

Fit for the King

Purchased my first bottle and was not disappointed. Very smooth and rich whiskey. Nose, pallet and finish were excellent. A top 3 in my collection.

17th February 2017

A bit pricey but a good whiskey

Very, very smooth; perhaps it's the 40.0 ABV, but I find the finish could be better for what your paying for this bottle. The palate is fantastic!

9th January 2017



27th December 2016

Really good but not great and a bit pricey for me

Don't get me wrong this whiskey is really good but it's not 10/10. I think 8/10 is fair purely because there's cheaper better options one of which I will keep a secret until I have purchased as many as I can get my hands at it's current fair price. Whichever whiskey you choose enjoy........

18th December 2016

Head Vintner

Creamiest scotch I've ever found. Exquisite!!!

22nd November 2016


It is more than 30yrs since I bought a bottle of Highland or Speyside whisky, although I have tasted many.
I tasted KA III and bought a bottle.
As someone who is not favourable towards Sherried, or Port whiskies etc I found that the tannic quality of the Cab Sav balanced the sweeter casks.
This is a masterpiece of blending. Two or three casks blended with a spirit must be difficult enough but to do, but to blend six and yet maintain the character of the foundation spirit and create such balance is truly to be commended.

12th November 2016

Royal taste and pallet with class

I do like whiskies from Dalmore (so I am a bit biased). Definitely one of the best Dalmore's I have ever tasted. It has a rather short aftertaste which at the same time is strangely undefinable. Maturing in 4 different casks may be pushing the limit (or just to get our intention). I mean this in a good way as it keeps you guessing and wanting more. Definitely a high class dram you can offer important guests. Beautiful bottle. I need to buy another one (although it is a bit pricey)

31st October 2016

A right Royal dram

Great stuff, possibly the greatest whisky I have tasted to date.

4th October 2016

nectar of the gods

My (current) favorite. I'm on my 3rd bottle, which is yet unopened, saving it for a special occasion (or until I order another bottle).

5th August 2016

new benchmark

what a beautiful whisky. really exceptional a lovely initial middle and finish. No alcohol burn at all, just a lovely flavour. You can easily sit and drink this all night.

31st July 2016


The best

7th July 2016

Sir Bo Ørbjerg


21st June 2016

This is indeed the King

Beautiful dram for any occasion. The only single malt whisky with a 6 cask finish. Complex and smooth with a long finish.

15th June 2016

Oh my god

Beautiful. Just try it.

6th May 2016


An Excellent Single Malt, for those special evenings you want to lay back and relax by the fireplace.

12th January 2016

Celebrate with the very best

I purchased a bottle of King Alexander III as a gift for my friends 75th birthday.
Taking nothing away from the other gifts he received but this was by far his favorite (and mine).

I can't say enough good things about this other than WELL WORTH IT!

30th December 2015

one of the best in my growing whisky collection

A exceptionally smooth whisky with beautiful complex flavours. Nice long finish, just the way i like it. Next best thing after the Dalmore 18.

16th October 2015

God's Nectar in a Bottle!

10/10 from me and my old man (50 ain't that old?)

he got me into whisky ages ago adamant I would hate it... loved my first sip, and since the we have tried many a good Malts (macallan, dalwhinnie, balvennie etc to name a few) so we are strangers to the best the malt world has to offer.

ahem, having had all of the Dalmore line (12/15/18yr + the king Alexander) we have came to the conclusion that the King Alexander is THE BEST malt we have ever had! it is simply the Gods nectar... we consider the dalwhinnie 15/ dalmore 15/ balvenie 12 out go to standards, so some might say we set the bar quite high, but hey each to their own... so if the "buyers also bought" led you here don't let the price have you making second thoughts this is worth every drop/penny.

11th September 2015

Not bad but not The Macallen

I fell for whiskeys when I acquired a taste for Macallen and have been tasting other brands to help my curiosity
While I wouldn't return it as a gift it would not be my first choice at this price

17th April 2015

Had this in the Christmas Sampling Set

This was by far my favourite out of all the ones we sampled. I really don't like bourbon much but this one has such a slight aftertaste and a smell of bourbon along with a very smooth finish.

16th March 2015

Watch The Thrown

Malty cereal and barley presence. Sour young oranges, burnt citrus peel. Medium body with oak flavor. No spice. Slight dryness, slight cocoa. Good dram for Dalmore. I like the 18yr still.

28th February 2015


Received this as a sample in the Master of Malt Christmas Festive Selection tasting set, and wow, this was an immediate favorite! The nose has a lot of notes as mentioned by the chaps at MoM, but I also found a light, brown sugary quality after it opened up a few minutes. The palate is extraordinary, smooth, and pleasingly complex with citrus and spice, but the finish surprised me most. In my opinion, peppered and oaky notes in a finish lead me to expect a certain bite, but this is one was silky smooth. Unfortunately this is out of my price range, but I've already started saving my pennies!

10th February 2015


The best Scotch I have had so far. I highly recommend it.

29th January 2015


Having tried a fairly good selection of scotch over the past few years, I have been exploring some of the tastes the highland has to offer. This was a superb dram and really took me by surprise. Complex notes with deep flavours and spice. Seemed to evolve with each drop.

23rd April 2014

Weak Strength

£100+ and only 40%???

11th February 2014

Best Ever

Still the best scotch I have very tried, and I've tried a few over $1000+ bottles. If you're willing to pay $200 for a bottle, there is no better value.

29th January 2014

Red Means Chocolatey Danger

Had my first dram of the King with a posh curry last weekend - the perfect combination. This is a seriously zingy liquid - the colour was rich red/brown, literally asking you to tuck in. The overriding flavour that came through for me was that of chocolate liquor, with a hint of winter spice. Perfect for a cold evening and a great alternative to a Highland Park 25yo which is my fave winter tipple. A very unique treat and at the price I think this makes a very welcome addition to a high quality malt collection - seriously, if you like a curry this provides a great finish.

18th December 2013

Strange, but good

I got a 50cl sample of this from a Dalmore 15yo gift pack. The nose I thought was truly wonderful. It had nice complexity to it, with many layers of fruit, chocolate, and light peat to discover. The palate was also fairly complex, but seemed disconnected with the nose, as if each the six woods made an appearance in either the nose or palate, but not both. For example, the palate was drier than the nose would indicate. All in all, it was pretty good, though I can't see myself paying ‎£112 for a whole bottle.

16th December 2013


Had a glass of this last night at a restaurant - think it'll be difficult to find anything better for a cold winter's evening. Chocolate and vanilla came through, with a lovely pepper finish. Colour is beautiful.

15th December 2013

Need to Keep in reserve!

This is ne of the truly fine scotches that keep the pallet guessing. As agreed this is a complex taste with a lot going on but extremely enjoyable! Must ensure there is a back up in the cupboard!

9th November 2013


Probably one of the finest drams I've tasted. Glad to have a second bottle, the first didn't last! Superb.

12th April 2013

Definitely the best Dalmore

This is my favourite. Definitely the best Dalmore I ever tasted. This is suitable for people who appreciate a high quality smooth scotch, and who appreciate taste rather than just the alcohol. Would strongly recommend. If its above your budget, try the 18 year old Dalmore. Also great.

21st March 2013

Single Islar Malt Scotch Wisky

Signatory Vintage

22nd December 2012

I didn't get it.

Don't get me wrong it taste like a story, but there is a little too much going on for me. If you told me I was drinking something other than scotch... I might just believe you.

7th December 2012


This whisky went wright in to my top 3 .. truelly incredible..

4th June 2012


this went staight in to my top 3 .its was simply incredible ....

4th June 2012

Great Scotch Period

Words can't do the taste justice, a MUST try

20th May 2012


The flavors are fantastic, with a very smooth swallow that then releases a sweet peat taste.

20th May 2012


this is a whisky with multiple aftertaste and taste and taste. very complex ,smooth and one of the best whiskys i've ever tasted

8th March 2011

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