Dalmore Adds Pricey 40-Year-Old Scotch To Its Line Up - The Whiskey Wash
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Dalmore Adds Pricey 40-Year-Old Scotch To Its Line Up

The Dalmore distillery is one whisky operation that’s really good at chopping up its expensive Scotch offerings into different high end age range statements. There’s a 50-year-old that came out earlier this year for over $60,000. Prior to that was the slightly over $4,000 a bottle 35-year-old. Now word has come down of a new 40-year-old priced at £6000, or close to $8,000, per bottle.

The new Dalmore 40-Year-Old, according to the distillery, initially started its long slumber in American white oak, ex bourbon casks. At some point along the line it then migrated into 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matsualem oloroso sherry butts, before being finished in first-fill bourbon barrels. The resulting offering was then bottled at 42% ABV.

Dalmore 40-Year-Old

“With each new release I strive for depth and complexity,” said Dalmore master distiller Richard Patterson in a prepared statement, “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.”

As with previous releases in this price range and advanced age statement, the 40-year-old is presented in a special hand-blown decanter created by French crystal house Baccarat. Adorning each of the 750 bottles of this whisky is the distillery’s 12 point Royal Stag emblem created by Royal Warrant Holders Hamilton & Inches.

Official tasting notes from Dalmore for the 40-year-old indicate “a multitude of aromas including Columbian coffee and marmalade. On the palate, gingerbread and honey is followed by a Sanguinello blood oranges over ripe Bramley apples and liquorice sticks.”

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Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.