One Off The Dalmore Scotch Whisky Was 49 Years In The Making - The Whiskey Wash
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One Off The Dalmore Scotch Whisky Was 49 Years In The Making

By Nino Marchetti / February 27, 2019

Scotland’s The Dalmore distillery has at its disposal the immeasurable talents of master distiller Richard Paterson who, over the years, has repeatedly raided his employer’s old barrels in search of single malt treasures. Now, in what is set to become a one-off release from here that’s tied to raising funds for a non-profit, Paterson has teamed with acclaimed Italian restauranteur Massimo Bottura to announce The Dalmore L’Anima Aged 49 Years.

The Dalmore L’Anima Aged 49 Years, according to those behind it, is a one of a kind bottling that was created from three unique assemblages which were brought together by Paterson “using some of the distillery’s most exquisite casks. A marriage of rare Dalmore expressions which were previously matured in freshly emptied small batch bourbon barrels, Gonzalez Byass casks which previously held 40 year old ’Pedro Ximenez’ sherry and Graham’s Vintage Port Pipes.”

Dalmore L’Anima Aged 49 Years

Dalmore L’Anima Aged 49 Years (image via The Dalmore)

Where Bottura came into the picture is that this whisky was inspired by their “conversations and shared creativity. Paterson selected whiskies embodying the chocolate orange profile which The Dalmore is known for, while layering with flavors reminiscent of Bottura’s kitchen and beloved Italian produce.”

“When Master Distiller Richard Paterson and I met in Modena, it was a true meeting of the minds,” Bottura said in a prepared statement. “Our creative processes seamlessly fused together with our passion and deep understanding of flavor complexity and connection to create a very special bottle that brings together some of the most precious scotch whisky barrels in the world.”

“Bottura’s approach to deconstructing and reinventing daring food pairings is very similar to the way I approach whisky making,” added Paterson. “The coming together of our passions allowed me to create a whisky that is bold, different, full of warmth and completely unforgettable – it is a true reflection of the love, blood and balsamic that unites us.”

L’Anima, which means soul in Italian, is bottled at 41.5% ABV and presented in a crystal decanter featuring a sterling silver collar accompanied by a stopper, a silver stag, and special engraving. The decanter is housed in a handcrafted cabinet made from several different exotic woods.

As for pricing and availability, this single malt is set to be the centerpiece of an online auction Sotheby’s will be holding this spring. Running from April 25 to May 9, all proceeds will benefit Bottura’s non-profit organization, Food For Soul, which empowers communities to fight food waste through social inclusion. The winner of this auction item, which will have no reserve, will also get an accompanying dinner for two at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.

You’ll find some official limited tasting notes below for your consideration.

  • The Aroma: Sun-kissed raisins, chocolate and marmalade
  • On the palate: Crème brulee, pecan pie and Java coffee
  • Finishing Notes: Sanguinello blood oranges, treacle and succulent figs


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