A 2020 Travel Retail release from Dalmore that takes a maximalist approach to cask finishing. This dram is part of a miniseries of three whiskies from the Highland distillery. Each expression in this series showcases Dalmore’s spirit in an increasing number of cask finishes, with the Trio being finished in three casks, the Quartet in four, and the Quintet in five.
Dalmore Quintet has been finished in rare muscatel casks, Malmsey Madeira barrels, 30 year old matusalem sherry casks, 10 year old port casks and Cabernet Sauvignon casks from Bordeaux. The five parts are then brought together to harmonise with each cask gifting the whisky with its own characteristics and flavours.
The result is an exceedingly rich and complex whisky, which serves up notes of pineapple, mango, bananas, maple syrup, espresso, dark chocolate, rich dried fruits, plums, marmalade, white grapes, malt, vanilla custard, rancio, old oak and leather. A whisky that illustrates sometimes, more is more. The dram is bottled at the higher proof of 44.5% ABV for extra body and depth.