This August marks a truly exceptional date in the spirits calendar, as The Dalmore releases The Dalmore Decades – a unique collection of six outstanding single malt whiskies that span the years since 1951.
At The Dalmore, we continue an age old heritage that treasures the sanctity of the cask. Our precious spirit is finessed in exceptional casks, hand selected by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson and sourced from the world’s finest bodegas and exclusive wineries.
The Dalmore house style derives from a close and trusted relationship that was forged with sherry house González Byass over 100 years ago. The rare casks, which have previously held 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry, are exclusive to The Dalmore. These casks enrich the signature chocolate and orange character of our whisky with rich and nutty flavours.
The collection’s title is fittingly chosen for a spirit whose exquisite nuances of flavour are developed over many years in expertly curated casks. Those who know about whisky will know that it is the skill and knowledge behind the choice of cask that results in a single malt whisky that stands at the very pinnacle of the whisky maker’s craft.
Master distiller Richard Paterson has been at the helm of The Dalmore for nearly 50 years, and is a pioneer of luxury single malt whisky production. With an unparalleled understanding of rare and precious casks, and the art of guiding the spirit contained within them towards its full potential, he pushes the boundaries of what is possible in whisky making.
The Dalmore Decades is Paterson’s personal selection – each decanter celebrates its uniquely talented creators, and also the illustrious 180-year history of the brand. Whisky collectors take note, though, that when asked what the greatest Dalmore he has ever made is, Paterson responded: ‘We haven’t made it yet.’ Something, then, to look forward to.
The Dalmore Decades: supporting creativity in Scotland
Three sets of The Dalmore’s whisky will be released, heralding an opportunity for collectors to own a rare piece of the history of this great spirit. The first set of six whiskies, the No. 6 collection, will be offered at auction by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in October 2021, with a significant percentage of the sale to be donated to Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Dundee, designed by Kengo Kuma.