The Dalmore has launched a new 18 year old expression for the first time in its illustrious 170 year history.
Only 3000 bottles worldwide will be available in this first release, they are expected to sell for approximately £85 per 70cl bottle.
The 18 year old version of the iconic luxury brand comes in a regal and rich deep blue carton, a colour chosen because it’s the official royal colour for King Alexander III whose life was saved from a charging stag by the Clan Mackenzie back in 1263.
The clan, long owners of The Dalmore distillery North of Inverness, were gifted the right to use the 12 pointer stag – called a “royal” stag – which has now become synonymous with the quality and luxury associated with the The Dalmore brand.
To this end, the hand crafted and iconic metal stag’s head, normally reserved for the more prestigious expressions in The Dalmore range, is being introduced to the 18 year old as standard.
Head of brand for The Dalmore, David Robertson, said: “So many people love the solid metal stag’s head that we decided to make it more widely available as it’s a true badge of quality, and justifiably adorns this highly revered and sought after single malt. The new 18 year old seemed the perfect place to start this wider roll out offering discerning consumers a stunning trophy for their drinks collection.
“We have introduced this new release based on consumer and trade demand – we are confident that this will become a significant and much sought after core expression for many years to come. This smooth, harmonious yet complex malt is another shining example of our craft.”
The Dalmore 18 year old is bottled at 43% abv and has been described as a “galaxy of handmade chocolates” and tastes of vanilla, Columbian coffee, truffles and rosemary with subtle hints of parma violets and jasmine.
The liquid was first matured in American white oak, and then moved to Matusalem sherry butts for its final years of maturation to complete a maturation journey that is truly sublime.
The bottles will be available from select domestic outlets in Europe, Asia and The USA with discerning travellers likely to find it in the best Duty Free hubs.