The whisky is a blend of three different cask finishes, it is matured initially in first fill ex-Bourbon casks from Boston and Clermont, USA and 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts from Gonzales Byass, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. The spirit is then "finessed" in Port Pipes.
The Dalmore Valour launched with a promotional display in Qatar Duty Free this month and it is to be rolled out through travel retail outlets over the course of 2013, priced at £50, €55 or $72.
The spirit is named after the Clan Mackenzie’s act of bravery in 1263 when an ancestor of the Mackenzie Clan saved King Alexander III from a charging stag. The grateful King granted the Mackenzies with a ‘Royal’ 12-pointer stag in their coat of arms. The Dalmore distillery was long owned by the Mackenzie family and every bottle of The Dalmore single malt whisky is adorned with the emblem.
The Dalmore master distiller, Richard Paterson said: “With a distinctive aroma consisting of scents of ripe plums, creamy caramel and citrus fruits on the nose and a wonderful palate that consists of oranges, pineapple and chocolate fudge, Valour is truly an exceptional malt."