Dalmore unveils 51-year-old whisky for £55,000

by Melita Kiely

Only 51 decanters of a 51-year-old Dalmore single malt Scotch whisky have been released, priced at RRP £55,000 (US$71,700) per bottle.

Bottled at 40% ABV, the whisky was first matured in ex-Bourbon casks before being split between Port Colheita 1938 casks, Matusalem Sherry casks and first-fill Bourbon casks. The whiskies were then combined in specially selected Bourbon barrels. The rare expression will be presented in a crystal decanter and a high-gloss presentation case made from black sycamore wood. The Dalmore 51 Years will be available from select retailers in domestic and travel retail markets this month (February). Richard Paterson, master distiller at The Dalmore, said: “The Dalmore 51 Year Old is a noble single malt of rare profundity and it has been my pleasure to closely follow its maturation over five decades. “I am always looking towards the future and I carefully consider how each distillation will evolve, moving our spirits to new wood to transform their conclusion. The Dalmore 51 Year Old is a fine example of this.” Tasting notes for the 51-year-old include aromas of marmalade, balsamic, oloroso Sherry, caramel, molasses and pears soaked in tawny Port. On the palate, the whisky is said to have flavours of plums, raisins, ginger cake sprinkled with Demerara sugar and vanilla pods, leading to treacle sponge, hot chocolate, wholemeal toast, pineapple and sultanas on the finish. In December last year, The Dalmore released just three decanters of a 60-year-old whisky as part of the brand’s 180th anniversary.