The results are purely personal, and I share them with no one in particular (I do post sometimes to the Cigar Aficionado site which has a drink section). Over time I have come to notice a general and perhaps obvious trend. Basically - the lighter the whisky, the lighter the cigar should be. I always choose the whisky first, and then the cigar although I am prone to mistakes as sometimes I am not sure if a cigar is strong or not; I really must learn more about them!
Anyway to get to the question - I notice the US market has "Dalmore Cigar Malt". What I would like to know is:
(a) Is this just marketing or is it a "special" for this purpose?
(b) It's not got a year so I presume it might be young?
(c) Is it available in the UK, and if so where from?
Any help appreciated.
To answer part (a): It's a bit of both. It's more sherry influenced than the standard Dalmore 12yo, richer, smoother, more "cognac-like." But, the name alone is blatant marketing. Still, a good dram that I prefer over the 12yo...and it would go great with an after-dinner cigar.
To answer part (b): I believe it is 12yo, but don't take my word on it.
As far as part (c): I have no idea. Sorry.
I have seen the Cigar Malt at Royal Mile Whiskies (http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com). The price is £ 35. In my opinion it is expensive as you can get the 12 y.o. Dalmore at £ 21. Royal Mile recomends their own 17 y.o. Dufftown as the ultimate Cigar smokers whisky!
Update on part (b): I read somewhere (I think it was on www.maltwhiskey.com) that the Cigar Malt is a vatting of whiskies from 10 to 20 years old, thus making it a "10yo". Whatever the case may be, there is definitely a good bit of older whisky in the bottle.
Part (c): In PA/USA, the Cigar malt is actually a few pennies cheaper than the 12yo, both selling for around $27-$28US. The Dalmore 21yo (one of my favorite whiskies) goes for around $65US.
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