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Dalmore's Tweaked Cigar Malt Reserve Still Perfect For Smoke

Jack Bettridge
Posted: February 21, 2014

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PALATE: A big, bold, syrupy malt with plenty of candy-drop honey, fruits and spices. And, now that we're talking about Noel, there's Christmas cake with that juxtaposition of tart and sweet notes with raisins. Hearty flavors, with nuts and toast, then burst forth.

FINISH: The denouement is generally the nuts, but as it goes on and on you realize you're sensing licorice, which then reappears on the palate with the next sip. Sensational effect!

CIGAR PAIRING: La Aurora Puro Vintage 2005 110th Anniversary Salamón (6 1/4 inches by 52 ring gauge, $18.75, 90 Points, Cigar Aficionado December 2013) This double-tapered figurado smokes very evenly. Toasty, tea-like flavors develop to more concentrated notes of nuts and spice before a sweet and toasty finish. The cigar just fills up under the presence of the malt, becoming richer and more complex with the additions of candied and spiced notes, particularly honey and licorice. The Cigar Malt doesn't need much help, but gets it anyway, with a boost to its savory character.

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Superior (6 1/4 inches by 42 ring gauge, $10.10, 89 points, Cigar Aficionado December 2013) Slim and pressed, this medium-bodied smoke has a full and lush draw that imparts a solid core of woody flavors and a touch of spice. The cocoa-like finish leaves the palate a bit dry. One of those times when a great cigar meets a spectacular whisky, and it's hard to figure which is on the giving or the receiving end. Tough duty. All the rich character of the Padrón explodes and the Dalmore just gets sexier. Plenty of toast and nuts coming from the cigar. Lots of candy and spice on the whisky. the Cigar Malt lives up to its name.

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Frederick Amodeo — Bellport, New York, USA,  —  February 22, 2014 7:15am ET

I have had the original 'cigar malt' about 3 years ago and was extremely impressed with its subtleness and pairing with the cigar choices my buddies and I had. Then, I couldn't find it any longer. In the past few months it has returned at almost double the price! I would love to sip more of it with my favorite cigars and friends however, the price is such that it is a little out there for a scotch. At this price, I can get a 21 year old Glenlivet or GlenFIddich. It's like purchasing cigars, I can buy one very expensive cigar and not the box to enjoy in something special but with scotch its a all or nothing at all thing. Maybe my buddies and I can chip in and buy another bottle. God knows it was worth it! February 22, 2014 12:08pm ET

So glad you reviewed this, Jack. I loved the old Dalmore cigar malt but was hesitant to pay the new price. But it sounds like it's definitely worth it. To the liquor store!

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