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The Dalmore Vintage Port Collection

6th July 2017
The Dalmore launch trio of Vintage Port finished limited edition whiskies.

The Dalmore Vintage Port Collection 1996, 1998, 2001. Photo Credit David Parry

It seems like The Dalmore is like buses, nothing for a while then three come along at once. The Highland distillery has just announced the launch of the limited edition Dalmore Vintage Port Collection which consists of three Tawny Port pipe finished whiskies, a Dalmore Vintage 1996, Dalmore Vintage 1998 and Dalmore Vintage 2001.

The new collection was hand picked by The Dalmore's very own vintage Master Distiller, Richard Paterson who is celebrating 50 years in the Scotch whisky industry this year.

All three of the vintage whiskies were matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks then finished in Tawny Port pipes from renowned winemakers W&J Graham's vineyard in Douro, Portugal.

The oldest expression in the collection is the Dalmore Vintage 1996 20 year old, a whisky which the Dalmore describe as indulgent and smooth, offering a palate of Gingerbread and passion fruit, with a finish of pineapple, marzipan and blood oranges.

The Dalmore 1998 Vintage 18 year old is described as having a fruity palate of honeyed bananas, blueberries and grapes, with Damson plums and dark treacle providing a depth to the finish.

The final expression in the Vintage Port Collection is the Dalmore 2001 15 year old which the distillery says offers a spicier aroma and a palate of morello cherries. A coffee finish accompanied with hints of Turkish delight and figs.

Richard Paterson, Master Distiller at The Dalmore commented on his latest creations, saying: "For me, port and whisky complement each other perfectly, with port providing a fruitier palate to The Dalmoreís deep and complex new make spirit. Being able to finish these new releases in pipes of Grahamís port, which are some of the finest quality, during my anniversary year is incredibly exciting. Iím delighted to be able to continue our founderís vision of creating new expressions that push the boundaries of whatís possible in the luxury single malt category."

The new Dalmore Vintage Port Collection will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as
Master of Malt

The Dalmore 1996 Vintage Port Collection Review

Bottled 45% ABV. RRP £450

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Blackcurrants, rich coffee beans and praline chocolate.

Taste: Gingerbread, Damson plums and passion fruit.

Finish: Caramelised pineapple, Sanguinello blood oranges and marzipan.

The Dalmore 1998 Vintage Port Collection Review

Bottled 44% ABV. RRP £200

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: English marmalade, Satsuma plums, vanilla and blackcurrants.

Taste: Honeyed bananas, blueberries and grape.

Finish: Damson plums, dark treacle and Christstollen cake.

The Dalmore 2001 Vintage Port Collection Review

Bottled 40% ABV. RRP £150

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Exotic spices, cinnamon, raisins and tangerines dipped in chocolate.

Taste: Caramelised peaches, freshly baked bread and Morello cherries.

Finish: Turkish delight, figs and coffee.

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