The Dalmore Launches $275,000 Collection of Five Whiskies from Five Decades

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The Dalmore Highland Single Malt has launched The Dalmore Decades 5 Piece Collection, a unique collection of five whiskies spanning five decades with a value of $275,000 USD.

The collection of artfully crafted whiskies is the only Dalmore Decades Collection in the United States and is available exclusively at Wally’s Wine & Spirits.  The set spans the decades of 1967, 1979, 1980, 1995 and 2000 and includes one of the oldest liquids released by The Dalmore to the first Scotch created in the new Millennium.

Each of the 15 sets is unique and tells a story of the Highland Single Malt maker’s pursuit of excellence. Mirroring the colors of the brand’s Principal Collection, each decanter features a different and distinctive colored stopper. Bottles are engraved with an exclusive set number, presenting an opportunity for established and new collectors alike.

The Dalmore has been making exceptional whisky for more than 180 years from their distillery on the shores of Cromarty Firth.

“Over the past 50 years, I have kept a watchful eye over our superlative inventory of rare whiskies, giving them the guidance to mature and reach their full potential in the finest casks sourced from around the world,” says Master Distiller Richard Paterson. “The Dalmore Decades opens doors to the world of luxury - every drop of liquid is a masterpiece of time. This collection is a memento of our 180-year history and each bottle marks a very special milestone and has a unique story to tell. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that life is to be enjoyed now and I hope the lucky collector will enjoy with those closest to them.”

One set of The Dalmore Decades 5 Piece Collection will be displayed exclusively at fine retailer, Wally’s Wine & Spirits. Beginning in November, set Number 14 of 15 will be available for collectors to acquire the only set available in the U.S. Each of the remaining Dalmore Decades 5 Piece Collection setswill be sold exclusively through the finest retailers across the world, including Harrods (UK), Le Bon Marché (FR), and CDFG Hainan (CH). 

The one of one, five-bottle collection in the U.S. is comprised of:

The Dalmore Decades 1967 – ‘Expertly Composed Spirit’ 

An elegant 53-year-old single malt, laid down in 1967, a landmark year in which the stillhouse as it stands today was created. This single malt provides complex but intriguing layers of clementine, tangy ground coffee, and muscovado, thanks to its final maturation in a Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine barrique.

2.             The Dalmore Decades 1979 – ‘Curating Exquisite Casks’ 

This 40-year-old single malt is a tribute to the longstanding relationship between González Byass and The Dalmore. The 1979 has enjoyed maturation in a fine Matusalem Oloroso sherry butt before a final maturation in a Graham’s Port Vintage 1952 – one of Port’s rarest vintages. The resulting whisky is sultanas and toasted pistachios, finishing in pleasant notes of maple syrup, pineapple, and succulent dates.

3.             The Dalmore Decades 1980 – ‘Unbroken Chain of Visionaries’

The 1980s marked Richard Paterson’s arrival at The Dalmore and his tutelage by the last Mackenzie. Like his predecessor, Richard’s long-standing tenure personifies a commitment to the vision of the distillery established 180 years ago. This 40-year-old single malt takes the traditional maturation of The Dalmore and reverses it: the whisky moves from Bourbon casks into Matusalem sherry butts, then spends more than five years back in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks before bottling – a move which brings renewed life and vivacity to the spirit. The 1980 promises beautifully orchestrated single malt layers, which include a gentle whisper of bitter chocolate, marzipan, and cocoa powder.

4.             The Dalmore Decades 1995 – ‘The Creation of an Icon’ 

The 90s welcomed the creation of an icon The Dalmore’s minimalist bell-shaped bottle, its sinuous curves echoing the voluptuous shape of the stills through which the distillery’s spirit runs. The 1995 is matured in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in Tintilla de Rota port pipes. It offers a burst of red berries, glazed nectarines, frangipane, and moist pecan pie on the palate, building to a triumphal finish.

5.             The Dalmore Decades 2000 – ‘Into the New Millennium’ 

At 12:02am on Saturday, 1 January 2000, as the world celebrated the dawn of a new age, workers at The Dalmore were at their posts securing a notable achievement for the Highland distillery: the first in Scotland to run new spirit off the stills in the third millennium, officially witnessed three minutes after midnight. The final whisky of The Dalmore Decades is also perhaps the most distinctive: it has spent 20 years of its life in a Matusalem Oloroso sherry butt in a radical departure from the distillery’s practice. Rare and intriguing, black maraschino cherry and bitter chocolate cover the palate, and a final note of licorice and tarte Tatin ebbs slowly in the background. 

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Shaena Engle

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