As he celebrates 50 years with Whyte & Mackay, master distiller Richard Paterson has decided to step back from his day-to-day involvement across the company’s whisky portfolio to focus on The Dalmore.Paterson joined Whyte & Mackay on 14 September 1970. By stepping back to focus on The Dalmore, Paterson will also be able to pursue other personal interests. Paterson and Whyte & Mackay are preparing to launch six new single malts in 2021 as part of a collection called The Decades of the Dalmore. It will be part of an ongoing series of releases. “I have been fortunate to have enjoyed each and every one of my 50 wonderful years," Paterson said. "I have had the opportunity to work with many incredible people down through the years, and incredible whiskies too of course. “I am truly proud of what we have achieved together as Whyte & Mackay. For myself, I have the great honour to care for the truly extraordinary whisky we create at The Dalmore. I look forward to sharing some very special releases of The Dalmore in 2021.” Whyte & Mackay’s portfolio includes single malt Scotch whiskies The Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn and Tamnavulin. The group also owns a number of blended Scotch brands, such as John Barr, Claymore and the company’s namesake Whyte & Mackay. In February this year, Dalmore released 51 decanters of a 51-year-old single malt, priced at RRP £55,000 (US$71,700) per bottle. Last year, Paterson partnered with Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura to create a 49-year-old bottle of Dalmore whisky, which was auctioned for charity.