You'll have to tell us where you are from, or at least where you bought the bottle from?
Different countries have different rules & regulations as to what must be stated on the label.
Germany and other European countries require that artificial additives such as colouring be stated, so yes, you will actually see it on the bottle.
For countries that don't have such requirements, the labels obviously don't state it!
There is an excellent post somewhere on this site from Lawrence where he listed all the bottlings that were known to have caramel added, as ascertained by such labelling.
I just checked the list (I saved it elsewhere on my computer), and Dalmore Cigar Malt does indeed apparently have caramel added.
Believe me, it is not in the minority!!
jlane wrote: it seems vaguely off-putting to see it actually stated - anyone agree?
Welcome to the club, jlane!
As Admiral mentioned before Lawrence (great effort!) posted a list of malts with added E150 (caramel/'Farbstoff') back in December 2004 at these forums. The Dalmore Cigar Malt appears indeed among quite a lot of other celebrities...
From time to time threads (for example this one) related to the whole colouring and/or chillfiltering business erupt around here.
I have now seen the list and am weeping. Adding caramel spoils individuality. Ok for blends, but not for malts whose growth in the last 10/15 yrs has been fuelled by their (perceived) individuality. Bad show you polluters! Use decent wood and you will get decent colour.
Taking a theme from Admiral in that past Thread, I would certainly add to the list of recognisable caramel "taint" to the taste in the Dalmore. Like chewing a rubber inner tube.
jlane you might just have given me the explanation for my not liking Dalmore at all. All the OB bottlings here in Germany I saw were artificially coloured. Dalmore might be a malt that is senitive to that and does not stand for it. That is what my tastebuds say at least. I think I should try to get an independent bottling of a ncf, cs natural colour and give it another chance. Not that I have ever come across an independent bottling of a Dalmore, come to think of it.
Anybody an idea about Dalmore IB?
jlane wrote:Use decent wood and you will get decent colour.
Color is always interesting, but one learns not to get hung up on it. Folks are often surprised at the paleness of, say, Ardbeg, and quickly learn that depth of color is not a predictor of quality of the whisky. So allow me, please, to amend your statement: Use decent wood and you will get decent whisky; let the color chips fall where they may. (Why do I have a sudden urge to paint the living room?)
Producers of single malts will stop using caramel when they believe it is a liability in the marketplace. Keep spreading the word.
But my message to distilleries is, that cut out that artificial colouring!! But since they can always fool the fools, they will not end that ... *sigh*
Of course if it's a OB then there could be several different casks types used is the vatting to make up the run.
However at the end of the day it's all about taste.
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