A few facts about Dalmunach [mostly from the Whisky Yearbook 2020]:
⁃ It’s built on the site of the former Imperial distillery.
⁃ Established in 2014, construction started in 2013, the same time as the Imperial distillery was demolished. All that remains of Imperial are the old warehouses.
⁃ 'The distillery is named after a nearby pool in the River Spey,..‘ [SMWS].
⁃ This heavy-tech/uber-efficient distillery has the capacity to produce 10 million lpa and is reported to be 38% more efficient than the industry average.
Whilst there has only been one official release of Dalmunach so far, this is DT’s fourth release – all single casks.
N: Starting with a fed ginger reference, I head straight for the toffee, sweaty melted leathery toffee with a touch of condensed milk, lightly seasoned with ground black pepper – Inchgower-esque. I won’t elaborate on descriptors any further but for three-year-old whisky, on the nose at least, it’s very competent. You could be excused for thinking it a slightly older grain or even a young malt-led blend, such is the simplicity. The uncomplicatedness reminds me plenty of Lidl’s 3yo Queen Margot in that respect [WLP78].
T: Somewhat drier on the mouth, especially with water added, there’s body, there’s travel and even some form. Preferred neat, we’ve more leathery toffee from the cask that provides the colour, the spirit firm if bordering-on-the-neutral. What I’d give to have the new make alongside. Distilleries could add an optional extra £5-6 [for a 3cl sample] on top of the retail price, for their efforts.
F: With the all-out STR days seemingly behind us, we’ve a subtle-not-syruped malty raisin finish that’s not sherry bombing in any way whilst the tannins and resins from the octave are kept at bay to a fair extent. If only a touch green, dry & briney [with a corresponding mouthfeel], the tasty sherry octave manages to keep the palate interested for a while longer. Concludes with a lingering clean toffee-d oak zing.
C: It’s amazing how new distilleries can get so good so quickly before the long waiting game ensues. Displaying competence over everything else, there’s plenty of ways this young whisky can be shaped over time. For competency [at such a young age] and a very well behaved and tasty cask: