Whisky Focus - The Dalmore 50 Year Old Review

The Dalmore 50 Year Old

13th January 2017

The Dalmore are set to release a rare Domaine Henri Giraud Champagne cask finished Dalmore 50 year old to mark Richard Paterson's half century crafting whisky.

The Dalmore 50 Year Old

The Dalmore has announced the forthcoming release of a new Dalmore 50 year old single malt whisky to mark its Master Distiller Richard Patersonís 50th year in the whisky industry.

Richard's creative side has been at work to give us something special and different to mark his own 50th anniversary. Richard who is well known for his innovative cask selection and cask finishes when putting together a single malt has chosen some special casks in the creation of this rare Dalmore 50 year old.

Journey of The Dalmore 50 Year Old

  • 1966: The Dalmore new make spirit was laid down to begin its 50 year journey in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks.
  • 2003: The maturing whisky is transferred to Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks.
  • 2012: The whisky is transferred to Port Colheita pipes.
  • 2016: In January of this year, the spirit was transferred to Bourbon barrels as it reached its desired taste profile, prior to finessing.
  • November 2016: The whisky was finessed in Domaine Henri Giraud Champagne casks for 50 days before bottling. Domaine Henri Giraud Champagne is one of the only champagne houses to still mature their wines in casks.

Richard Paterson has been the creative force behind some of the worlds most outstanding and innovative whisky releases in the past 50 years, his passion, expertise and artistry has seen him pioneer the art of maturation and cask finishing which has been instrumental to the success of The Dalmore.

Bottled at 40% ABV, there will up to 50 decanters released, which will be hand-filled on order. Sadly my funds couldn't stretch to give you my opinion on this but the official tasting note is below where the "tangy thick cut marmalade, roasted coffee and moist chocolate cake" notes on the palate certainly make it sound very enticing.

As you would expect for a such a rare whisky from the Dalmore, the new 50 year old is presented in the highest quality, meticulously crafted, premium packaging. The Dalmore has teamed up with a few legendary luxury houses.

To hold this unique whisky, the artisans at prestigious French crystal house Baccarat have skilfully created crystal decanters, each of which will be held within a presentation case designed and crafted by the accomplished furniture makers at LINLEY.

Finally, each decanter will be adorned with a solid silver stag, created by silversmiths Hamilton & Inches, holder of The Royal Warrant.

The Dalmore 50 Year Old is certainly for those of you with deep pockets or lottery winners, with a price tag 0f £50,000, if you are neither of those then like me you will have to make do with the official tasting note below. Of course if you are one of the very few with deep enough pockets then the new Dalmore 50 year old will soon be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

The Dalmore 50 Year Old Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Caramelised orange segments, vanilla pods and sweet sultanas.

Taste: Tangy thick cut marmalade, roasted coffee and moist chocolate cake.

Finish: Crushed almonds, black morello cherries and soft liquorice.

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