The Dalmore today released a limited edition collection of port-finished whiskies which according to master distiller Richard Paterson, ‘push the boundaries of what’s possible in the luxury single malt category’.
The vintages from 1996, 1998 and 2001 are matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, after which Paterson adds the finishing touches using tawny port pipes from renowned winemakers W&J Graham’s in Douro, Portugal.
‘For me, port and whisky complement each other perfectly, with port providing a fruitier palate to The Dalmore’s deep and complex new-make spirit,’ said Paterson, who is celebrating his 50th year in the whisky industry.
‘Being able to finish these new releases in pipes of Graham’s port, which are some of the finest quality, during my anniversary year is incredibly exciting.’
Expect to find gingerbread and marzipan on the palate of the oldest expression, 1996 Port Vintage, as well as tropical fruit notes of passion fruit, pineapple and blood orange.
The middle child of the family, 1998 Port Vintage, is said to boast honeyed bananas, blueberries, damsons and dark treacle, while the youngest of the three, from 2001, brings spice, coffee and morello cherries.
The trio is the latest addition to a long line of luxury malts from The Dalmore, established in 1839 – and is a little bit of a treat, with the range starting at £150 for the Vintage 2001.
The Dalmore Vintage 1996, 45% abv, £450; Vintage 1998, 44% abv, £200; Vintage 2001, 40% abv, £150; available from selected whisky retailers