Dalmore Regalis Review

“Tipsy Queen”

Whisky Review # 692

Country: Scotland
Region: Northern Highlands
Brand: Dalmore Regalis
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Age: NAS
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 40%
Maturation: Bourbon casks with Amoroso Finish 
Chill Filtration: Yes 
Price Range: US$ 65-80 (February 2018)
Buying Advice: 😐. Totally drinkable but expensive given its youth.

Colour: Amber/Copper (Artificially Coloured)

Nose: Young and a bit on the Thin side. The Amoroso Finish is quite noticeable. I find all sorts of Cooked and Dried Fruit but the most eminent ones are Raisins, Sultanas, Berries and Prunes. I also get Sweet Barley, Buttered Toast, Caramel, Toffee, Treacle, Vanilla, Heatherhoney, Orange-Flavoured Chocolate, Herbal Tea, Tobacco, Marzipan, Amaretto, Lemon-Grass, Ginger and Cinnamon. The Alcohol is not fully integrated. The Regalis is quite Sweet on the Nose and the Amoroso Finish left a big mark on the Young Spirit. It could do with a bit more balance.

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Palate: Mainly Sweet with a few slightly Bitter, Tannic notes for Balance. Again a bit of a Thin and Young feeling. I find Toasted Barley, Caramel, Toffee, Vanilla, Marzipan, Treacle, Amaretto, Dried Fruit like golden Raisins, Sultanas, Prunes and Berries, Honey, Dusty Road, Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Orange-Flavoured Chocolate and Caffe Latte.  
Finish: Middle-Long and a bit Thin. Quite Sweet with just enough Bitterness and Spice from the Wood to keep it interesting. I find Malted Barley, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Vanilla, Caffe Latte, Cocoa Powder, Hazelnuts, Marzipan, Marzipan, Dirt Track, Orange Peel, Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger and Licorice. Dry/Tannic towards the end.

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Drinking Advice:

No need to add Water. It's Thin enough as it is.  

Rating: 83 

Nose: 20.5 - Taste: 21 - Finish: 21 - Overall: 20.5

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General Remarks:

🏣   The Distillery and Today's Whisky

The Dalmore Distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson. It is located in Alness on the banks of the Cromarty Firth. It is operated by Whyte & Mackay Ltd, owned by Emperador Inc. since 2014. The core range includes the 12, 15, 18 and 25 Years, the Cigar Malt and the King Alexander III. At the moment Dalmore produces around 4 million litres of Spirit.

In 1263, King Alexander III was almost gored by a mighty Stag. One of the ancestors of the Mackenzie Clan saved him with a single arrow shot. As a reward the Clan won the right to bear a Stag's Head with twelve (Royal) points to its antlers in their Coat of Arms. The Mackenzie Family later became the owners of The Dalmore Distillery and added the Stag emblem to their bottles.

The Dalmore Regalis is one of four NAS Dalmore expressions created by Richard Paterson and called The Fortune Merita (Fortune Favours the Brave) Collection. Initially they could only be acquired in Travel Retail shops but now they are widely available. All four have matured in Ex-Bourbon casks made of American White Oak. The difference lies in the finish. All four are finished in different Ex-Sherry casks from Gonzalez Byass, a long term partner of Dalmore. The Regalis is finished in Amoroso, the Dominium in Matusalem, the Valour in a mix of both Matusalem - and Port Wine and the Luceo in First-Fill Apostoles. The latter is in fact a 30 Year old Palo Cortado, sweetened with PX. The Collection was launched in 2016.  

🍷  The Spirit

Dalmore is equipped with four pairs of Stills of various size and form with high Reflux characteristics. Together these stills produce a slightly heavy and more complex Whisky. The Water is sourced from the river Alness.

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🌲 The Wood

The Regalis (Royal or Regal) matured in Bourbon casks before being finished in Amoroso casks. Amoroso is in fact Oloroso Sherry that is sweetened by adding a bit of Pedro Ximenez Sherry. 

Drinking Experience Neat: Good. Dangerously drinkable!

Conclusion: If I were you I would never ever grasp a bottle of the Regalis after having had a spell of bad luck. Because this Dalmore is so drinkable that you will get drunk in no time. Unless that's the purpose of course! It's also a bit of a One-Trick pony though as the Amoroso Finish totally controls the Spirit. I do miss some balance here. Other than that it's an easy-going Young Dalmore that will please a lot of people. Quite mainstream but hey, that was the idea in the first place I think. My main issue with the Regalis is the fact that there is a Thin feeling to it. Because of this I do not think it's worth an average 75 US Dollars or so. Better stay with the 12 Years if you're looking for a solid young Dalmore! 

Jan van den Ende                                                                February 26, 2018

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