The Dalmore distillery has recently released a rare, luxurious 50-year-old single malt, to celebrate their Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s fiftieth year in the whisky industry.
This limited bottling has been aged in American white oak, Matusalem oloroso sherry casks from the González Byass bodega and colheita Port pipes from the Douro region of Portugal, before spending fifty days in Henri Giraud Champagne casks for a final touch of flavour.
Paterson chose the Champagne cask with the knowledge that the Domaine Henri Giraud family estate is world-renowned for its excellent wines and is one of the only Champagne houses to still mature their wines in casks.
The casks selected are said to hold unique, aromatic tones which have added depth to the final character of the Dalmore limited edition.
There will only be up to fifty decanters released, which were created by French crystal house Baccarat and presented in cases made by furniture maker Linle. The silversmiths, Hamilton & Inches, have created a solid silver stag to be put on each decanter, adding a final touch of luxury to this exciting release.
Each decanter will be filled to order, and will cost an astounding £50,000.
‘This is a special year for me, so I chose to finesse this whisky in a Champagne cask, as this magnificent drink is synonymous with celebratory occasions,’ said Paterson.
‘Bringing the Champagne together with Matusalem oloroso Sherry and Port is perhaps the greatest example to date of our ability to innovate in both maturation and cask finishing, while preserving the signature flavours of the Dalmore.’
Richard Paterson, through his passion and expertise, has left his mark on the whisky industry, and has helped Dalmore achieve the success the distillery enjoys today. He is well-known for amazing tasting skills, and his nose is insured for £1.5 million by Lloyd’s of London. This alone exemplifies the man’s expertise when it comes whisky production!
He has also been a pioneer in the experimentation of cask aging and has gained a large following online, with his tasteful and educational videos.
Paterson has become one of the most famous distillers in the industry, and has shared his immense knowledge of whisky with fans for many decades.
We wish him many more wonderful years in the world of Scotch whisky.