The Dalmore is to release a 40-year-old expression as part of its portfolio of rare whiskies, making no more than 750 bottles available worldwide.
Having been laid down to cask 40 years ago, The Dalmore 40 has been matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before being transferred into 30-year-old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts and finally finished in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels. It has been bottled at 42% ABV.
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 Dalmore 40 has been carefully nurtured and crafted by master distiller Richard Paterson who this year is celebrating 50 years in the whisky industry.
This latest expression from The Dalmore 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.
It is presented in a hand-blown decanter designed by artisans at renowned French crystal house Baccarat which is adorned with The Dalmore’s 12-point Royal Stag emblem created by royal warrant holders Hamilton & Inches.
Richard said: “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.
“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.”
Up to 750 bottles of The Dalmore 40 will be released this year globally.
Other releases from The Dalmore include its limited-edition distillery bottling for 2017, The Distillery Exclusive Vintage 2000, which was matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Californian Merlot barriques for five years before bottling.
The Dalmore tasting notes by Richard Paterson
Colour: 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