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The Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, Legend of the Mackenzie Clan

dalmore 1263 King Alexander iii 300x252 The Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, Legend of the Mackenzie ClanAged in 6 Different Types of Cask, Inspired by the History of Scotland & Dalmore

By Matt Godstein

Dalmore released the 1263 King Alexander III single malt in order to commemorate the Mackenzie Clan ancestor’s heroic act in saving King Alexander in 1263.  Legend has it that a wild deer stag was coming straight at King Alexander, and an ancestor of the Mackenzie clan took down the wild deer with one shot of an arrow.  The King granted the shooter the right to wear the stags head in his coat of arms with the motto, “Help the King.”  The head of the stag has been the insignia of the Mackenzie clan and Dalmore single malt scotch ever since.  The 12 points of the antler signify royalty.    

The Dalmore 1263 is aged in 6 types of cask, French wine barriques, Madeira drums, sherry butts from Jerez, Sicilian Marsala barrels, port pipes from the Douro and white oak bourbon barrels from Kentucky.  Out of the bottle the scent is peat, smoke, wood and oak.  The flavor is sweet with notes of honey, nectar, and very light peat.  The Dalmore 1263 is exceptionally smooth with a longing warmth.  The oak and wood is the major statement in this single malt.  With a thick mouth feel and thick aftertaste the Dalmore 1263 is a complex single malt with an excellent overall flavor and finish.  The Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III is an extraordinary single malt.  The wood finish is plainly exceptional.   

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