The Dalmore King Alexander III
My local liquor store was selling 100mL samples, and this one caught my eye. Retail price for this bottle in my area is easily $300, which is just ludicrous, but this sample was on the shelf for just $15! I figured this was a one-time deal, so here we are. Ok, on to the review!
The nose on this whisky is lovely, something about it kept me curious the entire time as if I was missing something just at the edge of my brain. Sadly though, the watery mouthfeel takes this down a notch in my book. The low proof mutes some of the powerful berry notes that could be incredible at even 46%. Richard Paterson has created a wonderful blend of flavors, it’s a shame the powers that be chose to water it down so much.
In the end, I decided that I hate this whisky. Ok I don’t hate it, it’s actually quite good, but it feels like it could be a stunner with a little higher ABV and no chill-filtration, and that makes it a frustrating dram. Each sip made me wish it was just a step better. It’s complex and flavorful as is, but I really think it could be more.
I want to note that I am not taking price into account in my score, but as mentioned before, this whisky is stupid expensive, and not worth the retail price. In a perfect world, The Dalmore would cut the price in half and up the ABV, but that is unlikely to say the least :) In the meantime, if you happen to see a good deal on a sample of this, be sure to give it a try!
Ratings Scale Explained
1 | Disgusting. Get rid of it.
2 | Terrible. I would not drink this.
3 | Bad. Might work in a mixed drink.
4 | Bearable. Decent but probably won’t buy again.
5 | Good. Good whisky.
6 | Very Good. Very good whisky.
7 | Great. Would buy again.
8 | Amazing. Will try to keep this around no matter what.
9 | Incredible. Unique, complex, exceptional.
10 | Perfect.
Average Score: 7.33 - Total Reviews: 9