Whisky Focus - The Dalmore Oculus Sells For 27,500

The Dalmore Oculus Sells For 27,500

18th November 2009

A unique decanter of Dalmore Oculus which is a blend of some of the finest whiskies of the last 140 years has sold at Bonhams auction today for 27,500 which is inclusive of Buyer's Premium.

The Dalmore Oculus had been expected to fetch between 15,000 and 20,000 at the Bonhams auction in Edinburgh.

It was described by the auctioneers as "one of the most precious whiskies ever to appear at auction".

The auction also featured highlights of the collection of the late whisky collector Willard Folsom.

The Dalmore Oculus was created on 15 October 2009 by the Highland distillery's master-distiller Richard Paterson, who drew on four decades of his experience.

The oldest whisky in the blend was distilled in 1868, with others selected from 1878, 1922, 1926, 1939 and 1951.

Speaking before the sale, Richard Paterson said: "This is the most exquisite expression I have personally crafted with all the loving reference it so richly deserves to seduce the most discerning and sophisticated palates imaginable.

"I am confident it will appeal to epicureans, investors and collectors."

The Dalmore Oculus Tasting Notes

If by chance you were not the lucky person to buy The Dalmore Oculus this is how Bonhams described it:

A rich spicy and orange zest core to the malt was first selected from cask 1781, distilled in 1951, some 58 years old. Dried fruits, ripe bananas, treacle toffee and almonds from our original fifty year old now held in small glass jars at The Dalmore distillery - are added to develop complexity. This rare malt, selected from vintages distilled in 1868 (10 June to be precise), 1878, 1922, 1926 and 1939, truly adds the gravitas of time.

To deepen and intensify the weight of the mouth feel we add long matured distillate from cask 1782, the brother in 1951 to cask 1781 an incredibly intense oak, spice and bitter dark chocolate tannic malt.

Finally we add the "capstone" to our malt the oculus to our world of alchemistic artistry a judicious amount of our revered 64 year old, proffering notes of coffee, aromatic spices and citrus zest. Vatted malt, cask strength.

I bet you wish you had bid for it now, well too late it was a one off.

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