The Dalmore Distillery Brings Forth a Pricey 45-Year-Old Scotch - The Whiskey Wash

The Dalmore Distillery Brings Forth a Pricey 45-Year-Old Scotch

By Nino Marchetti / March 23, 2018

Scotland’s Dalmore distillery, led by master distiller Richard Patterson, is certainly no slouch when it comes to the fine art of putting very high-end (and often very expensive) Scotch whisky up for sale. Its latest case in point is The Dalmore 45, a limited edition bottling dating back over four decades.

The Dalmore 45, according to those behind it, is a 45-year-old Scotch whisky that first spent maturation time in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. Following this it was moved into two different vintage Graham’s Port Colheita pipes dating from 1961 and 1963, before being brought together again in first fill American white oak ex-bourbon casks for the final bottling.

As is the case with any high end Dalmore expression, it comes in a very special decanter, in this case one crafted by the French crystal house Baccarat. Only 500 of these are being released globally, bottled at 40% ABV and pricing at $12,500 USD. It is said another 500 will be released per year until 2020 as well.

“By personally selecting the very finest American white oak ex-bourbon casks and Port Colheita Pipes from 1961 and 1963,” said Patterson in a prepared statement, “I have been able to create a truly unique expression which is indulgent and smooth with a vibrant and lively flavour profile. It takes time, dedication and passion to create an expression like The Dalmore 45 and age has gracefully matured this distinguished spirit to make it one of The Dalmore’s greatest aged spirits. This is a very special whisky, which I would describe as flawless perfection.”

Limited official tasting notes for The Dalmore 45 suggest an initial aroma of red berries, soft licorice, crushed hazelnuts, bitter chocolate, and Manuka honey. This is followed on the palate by sticky toffee pudding, Bramley apples, and juicy dates.