The Dalmore Decades

Dalmore Decades

A striking collection of four single malts from The 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 The Dalmore’s history.

If you would like to sign up to our Old & Rare email newsletters, please register your details below. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the old and rare whiskies we have available, please send us a message with your requirements.

The Dalmore Decades 1979

Curating Exquisite Casks

A 40-year-old single malt that pays tribute to the long-standing relationship between The 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.

The Dalmore Decades 1980

Unbroken Chain of Visionaries

1980 saw Richard Paterson's arrival at The 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 Dalmore Decades 1995

The Creation Of An Icon

The 1990s saw the introduction of The 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 Dalmore Decades 2000

Into The New Millenium

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.

About The Dalmore

Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, The 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 The 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 The Dalmore for almost five decades.