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The Dalmore 60 Year Old 180th Anniversary Bottling

9th December 2019
The Dalmore unveils rare 60 Year Old Single Malt Whisky to celebrate 180 Years of whisky production at the Highland distillery.

The Dalmore 60 Year Old 180th Anniversary Bottling

To mark 180 years of creating whiskies, The Dalmore has unveiled a rare, limited edition 60 year old single malt whisky.

The Dalmore 60 Year Old has been created from two twin casks – the last casks of the great Mackenzie era - which have been lying in repose side by side in the Scottish Highlands. The Dalmore tells me that the rare 60 year old whisky represents the entrepreneurial spirit of the unbroken chain of visionary whisky makers at The Dalmore, from the Mackenzies, to today. This extraordinary Single Malt Whisky is limited to just three decanters in honour of The Dalmore’s 180th anniversary.

The Dalmore distillery began producing whisky back in 1839 and for three generations, the distillery was led by the Mackenzie Clan, who were at the forefront of the whisky making craft. Under their stewardship, The Dalmore established longstanding, deep-rooted alliances with suppliers to source exquisite casks, which today remain an integral part of the quality and depth of The Dalmore’s character. The Mackenzie Clan took the decision to adorn each decanter with the distinctive Royal stag, which has become an icon recognised worldwide.

The Dalmore is now led by Master Distiller Richard Paterson, who has been the creative force behind the brand since 1970. Paterson helped to strengthen The Dalmore’s reputation for curating and reuniting exceptional casks, most recently including the one-of-a-kind L’Anima, which was created in partnership with the famed Italian chef Massimo Bottura and was sold at Sotheby’s for an incredible price of £108,900.

Richard Paterson with The Dalmore 60 Year Old 180th Anniversary bottling.

In honour of this rich history, Richard created The Dalmore 60 Year Old by reuniting two extremely rare ex-sherry casks from six decades ago – the very last casks of the Mackenzie era. Filled with spirit first distilled on 7th June 1951, these two ex-sherry casks have been slowly maturing and building layers of depth and complexity, with the whisky in each cask evolving in an entirely different direction for sixty years.

Richard Paterson noted: "Over the course of the past 180 years, The Dalmore has constantly strived for perfection, setting the standards for many other whisky makers today. The Dalmore 60 Year Old is a fitting tribute to the masterful talents of our distillers past and present, who have all helped to create an incredible body of work. For me personally, nurturing and caring for these two casks has been a true labour of love. The reunion of the two spirits has produced an unforgettable whisky that is truly greater than the sum of its parts."

The Dalmore 60 Years Old will be unveiled at an exclusive celebration at The Dalmore’s highland home to mark 180 years of whisky making brilliance, before embarking on a global tour to Shanghai, Los Angeles, Taipei, and London.

At the time of going to print I didn't yet have the price tag on The Dalmore 60 Year Old 180th anniversary bottling but I think IO can safely say you will need very deep pockets to taste this one given its rarity. Further details of the sale and global tour will be announced in due course and I will update you if and when I receive further information on the 180th anniversary of The Dalmore distillery and the release of The Dalmore 60 Year Old.

Meanwhile you will find the current Dalmore whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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