Country: Scotland
Region: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 44%
Score: 92 points

The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud. Image courtesy Whyte & Mackay.This is a collaboration between Master Blender Richard Paterson and Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, and is primarily available at Boulud’s New York City restaurants and selected whisky specialist shops. It’s a blend of Dalmore malts matured in Moscatel, Madeira, and Port wine casks.

The nose is fruity and intense with notes of figs, raisins, blood oranges, a hint of mango, clove, and allspice with a touch of oak. The taste is fruity and thick with plum, fig, and raisin notes, subtle clove and allspice add balance with hints of molasses and ginger. The finish is long, lingering, and fruity with a good balance and nice complexity.

If Chef Boulud ever decides to hang up his knives and move into the blending lab full-time, watch out! (January, 2014)