The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is set to add to its repertoire of exceptionally rare and aged whiskies with The Dalmore 40 Year Old. Just 750 bottles of The Dalmore 40 will be released this year around the world through selected whisky specialist retailers, luxury bars and restaurants.
Building on The Dalmore‘s pioneering heritage in the art of maturation, The Dalmore 40 has been carefully nurtured and crafted by renowned Master Distiller Richard Paterson. This latest expression further underlines the distillery’s reputation for maturing its whiskies for longer and in a greater variety of casks than many other whiskies, which is only possible due to the depth and complexity of its new make spirit. The liquid has been maturated in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before being transferred into 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matsualem oloroso sherry butts and finally finished in first fill bourbon barrels.
The result is a liquid featuring flashes of amber and fire gold, offering a multitude of aromas including Colombian coffee and marmalade. On the palate, gingerbread and honey are followed by a generous aftertaste of Sanguinello blood oranges over ripe Bramley apples and liquorice sticks.
The release of The Dalmore 40 comes right after the 2017 release of The Dalmore 35. This release is born of a distinct cask, following the same maturation journey as the initial release of The 35 last year. Unique versus its 2016 predecessor, the 2017 release shows notes of marmalade, ground cinnamon, chocolate cake, roasted chestnuts and raisins. There are 150 bottles of the The Dalmore 35 2017 release available nationwide. More information and details are available upon request.
The release marks the culmination of a year of celebrations to celebrate Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry. Paterson commented, “In the year that I reflect on my time in the whisky industry, and indeed at The Dalmore, it has been a great privilege to release two of our greatest ever aged expressions – first, the champagne finished 50 years old and now this exceptional 40.”
- Color: Flashes of amber and fire gold with dazzling rays of gleaming copper pot stills
- Aroma: Rich Colombian coffee, sweet sultanas, fresh dates and Old English marmalade
- Palate: Gingerbread, molasses, maple syrup and brioche dipped in Manuka honey
- Finish: Sanguinello blood oranges, over ripe Bramley apples, liquorice stick and desiccated coconut
- ABV: 42%
Presented in a decanter designed by artisans at renowned French crystal house Baccarat, the hand-blown decanters are adorned with The Dalmore’s iconic 12 point Royal Stag emblem created by Royal Warrant Holders Hamilton & Inches.
Paterson adds, “With each new release I strive for depth and complexity, pushing the boundaries of whisky making and building on the knowledge and skills passed down from my predecessors. It takes time, effort and vision to create an expression as complex as The Dalmore 40 years old, moving the rare stocks of whisky between casks to build layer upon layer of character. When you bring it all together, it creates something very special indeed.”
Founded by Sir Alexander Matheson, a restless entrepreneur and international businessman, The Dalmore was founded in 1839 with a different purpose – to go above and beyond to create a single malt whisky unlike any other. An unbroken chain of exceptional whisky makers has been fulfilling Sir Alexander’s vision ever since, pioneering multi cask maturation over 100 years before this was commonly adopted by others in the industry. Richard Paterson has been Master Distiller at The Dalmore for nearly 50 years. Together, Richard and The Dalmore have created this category of luxury single malts, a category which they continue to define to this very day.
The price of The Dalmore 40 is available upon request.