A striking collection of four single malts from Dalmore, released in commemoration of the last four decades of whisky-making at the distillery. Each of the four whiskies has been hand-selected by master distiller Richard Paterson OBE to represent not only its stated decade, but also a key moment in Dalmore's history.
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A 40-year-old single malt that pays tribute to the long-standing relationship between Dalmore and Gonzalez Byass. Distilled in 1979, this whisky has enjoyed time in a Matusalem oloroso sherry butt and was finished in a Graham’s Port Vintage 1952 cask. The result is a lively palate with notes of sultanas, toasted pistachios, maple syrup pineapple and dates that linger in the finish.
1980 saw Richard Paterson's arrival at Dalmore distillery, and the beginning of his tutelage by the last Mackenzie distiller. This 40-year-old single malt has undergone a complex maturation, starting its life in ex-bourbon casks and moving to Matusalem sherry butts, before returning to first-fill ex-bourbon casks for more than five years before bottling. The palate offers layers of bitter chocolate, marzipan and cocoa powder throughout the palate.
The 1990s saw the introduction of Dalmore’s iconic bell-shaped bottles, whose sinuous curves stood out from more conventional whisky bottles. Matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in Tintilla de Rota port pipes, this whisky offers notes of red berries, nectarines, frangipane and pecan pie that fill the palate and linger in the finish.
The final entry in the Dalmore Decades No.4 Collection has spent all 20 years of it life in a Matusalem oloroso sherry butt, an uncommon practice for the distillery. The result of this long maturation in only one cask is notes of maraschino cherries, bitter chocolate, liquorice and tarte tatin that fill the palate and linger in the finish.
Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, Dalmore distillery was operated under a lease until 1891 when it was sold to the Mackenzie brothers upon Matheson’s death. It was then that Dalmore earned its iconic stag’s head emblem, an honour that was awarded to Clan Mackenzie in 1263 when the chief of the clan, Colin of Kintail, saved King Alexander III from a charging stag. Today the distillery is operated by industry legend Richard Paterson, who has worked with Dalmore for almost five decades.