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The Dalmore 40 Year Old 2017

26th July 2017
The Dalmore unveil new 40 year old expression.

The Dalmore 40 Year Old 2017 release.

The Dalmore has unveiled a new Dalmore 40 Year Old expression, as you can imagine given its age it will have limited availability with only 750 bottles being released worldwide over the course of the next four years.

The Dalmore 40 spent most of its 40 years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before being transferred into Gonzalez Byass Matsualem Oloroso sherry butts for seven years, which themselves had previously held 30 year old Oloroso sherry, it was finally finished in first fill bourbon barrels.

Bottled at 42% ABV, The Dalmore describe the 40 year old single malt as "a liquid featuring flashes of amber and fire gold, offering a multitude of aromas including Columbian coffee and marmalade. On the palate, gingerbread and honey is followed by a generous aftertaste of Sanguinello blood oranges over ripe Bramley apples and liquorice sticks."

As you would expect for such a release it is presented in premium packaging, the hand-blown decanter was designed by renowned French crystal house Baccarat, it is adorned with The Dalmore’s iconic 12 point Royal Stag emblem created by Royal Warrant Holders Hamilton & Inches.

As those of you familiar with The Dalmore whisky would already have guessed, the new 40 year old is the handy work of Dalmore's veteran Master Distiller Richard Paterson who is currently celebrating his 50th year in the whisky industry.

Master Distiller Richard Paterson commented on his latest premium creation saying: "In the year that I reflect on my time in the whisky industry, and indeed at The Dalmore, it has been a great privilege to release two of our greatest ever aged expressions – first the champagne finished 50 years old and now this exceptional 40.

"With each new release I strive for depth and complexity, pushing the boundaries of whisky making and building on the knowledge and skills passed down from my predecessors. It takes time, effort and vision to create an expression as complex as The Dalmore 40 years old, moving the rare stocks of whisky between casks to build layer upon layer of character. When you bring it all together, it creates something very special indeed."

As you can imagine the new Dalmore 40 year old whisky is for those of you with deep pockets and will set you back around £6,250, you will find it available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange & Master of Malt

The Dalmore 40 Year Old Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Flashes of amber and fire gold with dazzling rays of gleaming copper pot stills.

Nose: Rich Colombian coffee, sweet sultanas, fresh dates and Old English marmalade.

Taste: Gingerbread, molasses, maple syrup and brioche dipped in Manuka honey.

Finish: Sanguinello blood oranges, over ripe Bramley apples, liquorice stick and desiccated coconut.


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