Dalmore has one of the cooler bottle designs out there with the big silver stag on the front. Legend has it that while King Alexander III was paying a visit to Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Mackenzie clan, he managed to annoy a big stag. He annoyed it so much that the stag charged at him and nearly killed him. Luckily Colin swung in there just in time and saved the King’s life. We don’t know where got his bravery from, but perhaps he’d had a swig of Dalmore 18 Years Old before to steel his nerves. The grateful (and probably embarrassed) King granted Colin the lands of Eilean Donan and the right to use the 12-pointed Royal Stag as the Mackenzie clan crest. This Dalmore has been aged for 14 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and then aged a further 4 years in Matusalem Oloroso Sherry Casks. The Dalmore 18 Years Old has a nose of vanilla, dark chocolate, orange and cinnamon. The palate has flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, nutmeg and clove and finishes with citrus, oak and spice. This edition was bottled in 2013.