I finally have him in my glass, the Dalmore King Alexander III. Most of you probably know the almost legendary videos from Master Blender Richard P., how he swirls whisky in a glass and then pours it on the carpet, dilutes his already too diluted whisky with more water and then sticks his nose into the glass. I just say "Hello ... how are you?". This whisky is in the higher price segment (150+ euros), has only 40% alcohol content and is also colored and without indication of age. Actually, that would be enough reasons for me to avoid this whisky. But 6 different barrels in a whisky, that makes you curious. And there are also many whisky lovers who praise this whisky in the highest tones. Let's see what the Dalmore King Alexander III offers and whether I like it.
The presentation looks quite nice. A nice box and a bottle with an impressive deer emblem and a dark whisky, the dye did a great job (sorry, it had to be now).
In the nose, the Dalmore is initially stronger than I would have expected with only 40% alcohol. Aromas of dates, raisins, plum jam, figs and cherries immediately come out of the glass. A heavy, dark fruitiness combines with a great honey sweetness with vanilla sugar and then spices such as pepper and cinnamon as well as clear oak flavors come through immediately and give the whole thing a spicy-woody touch. I hear notes of dark chocolate with fruit, similar to the Lindt chocolate with raspberry filling. There is a lighter fruitiness with mirabelle plums, apricots and oranges over the rather heavy flavors. A touch of leather and tobacco round off the variety in the nose and I have to say that I have enjoyed the Dalmore King Alexander III so far. Unfortunately, the wood goes too much in the direction of the Bauhaus wooden beams and is too dominant.
In the mouth the whisky is quite soft as expected, but still has a stronger start than I would have expected. Pepper and a slight ginger spiciness are clearly noticeable and while the fruitiness and honey sweetness spread, the tannins from the oak barrels are more and more present and the dark chocolate tends to move towards espresso. Tobacco and leather provide further bitter aromas, a slight bitterness is noticeable. Associations with wet forest floor and wet wood arise, but fortunately only discreetly and in the end when it comes to the finish. The whisky looks watered down. It is quite sharp at the start and the alcohol content on the tongue seems hardly chosen too low. But the strength, the fullness, the intensity are missing.
The finish is medium long with strong spiciness and tannins of the oak barrels. Tobacco, leather, some wet wood and chewed coffee beans make for a very slight bitterness. In the background the fruitiness and heavy sweetness resonate, but the tart notes set the tone here.
Overall, I liked the whisky in the nose and in the mouth solala. This light touch of wet wood, tobacco or forest floor bothers me a little here. In the mouth, the whisky is watered down and comes out sharp and strong on the tongue, but it lacks the fullness in the mouth and the intensity of the aromas. The only great thing about the low alcohol content is that you could "chew" the whisky in your mouth for 5 minutes without it burning in your mouth.
The whisky gets almost 85/100 points from me. A whisky that is so gentle that it could also please non-whisky drinkers ... but the tannins may then be too violent for non-whisky drinkers. And the price? Well ... for comparison: I recently had a Glenlivet SV in the glass, which only cost 2/3 of the Dalmore, but is in a higher league ... or 2 leagues higher. Therefore: No purchase recommendation for this price!
Addendum: The bottle is now only half full and the oxygen seems to do the Dalmore good. The wood is no longer in the Bauhaus direction and there is hardly any wet wood left. In the mouth it doesn't look as watered down as before. Of course, it will not be an intense whisky with the alcohol content, but overall it looks rounder and a bit fuller than before. Overall, I like it better now, so I'll adjust the rating accordingly:
Smell: 88 instead of 87 points
Taste: 85 instead of 83 points
Departure: 85 instead of 84 points
Overall: 86 instead of 85 points