Friday, January 13, 2017


The Dalmore Distillery, has today announced the launch of a new limited edition 50 Year Old Domaine Henri Giraud champagne-finished single malt, to mark its Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry.

The Dalmore 50 Year Old (40% ABV) has been matured in American white oak ex bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry casks from the world renowned Gonzalez Byass Bodega and port Colheita pipes from the Douro region of Portugal, before undertaking a final finish for 50 days in rare champagne casks from Domaine Henri Giraud.

The Dalmore 50 Year Old

Credited by the Highland whisky brand, as being the creative force behind some of the most iconic and innovative releases in the world, Richard Paterson’s passion, expertise and artistry has seen him become one of the pioneers of the art of maturation and cask finishing, which has been instrumental to the success of The Dalmore.

Building on the celebrations surrounding Richard’s 50th anniversary, the limited edition, The Dalmore 50 Year Old has been meticulously crafted in partnership with four other legendary luxury houses, to serve as a fitting tribute to each year of his illustrious career.

Paterson did not select the champagne cask by chance. Considered to be one of the region’s hidden gems, Domaine Henri Giraud family estate is regularly lauded by experts from around the globe and is one of the only champagne houses to still mature their wines in casks. The casks selected are said to have a unique intensity and aromatic complexity, giving Paterson the final flourish of wood needed to create this exceptional expression.

French crystal house Baccarat, created custom crystal decanters for the limited edition whisky, which will be held within a presentation case designed and crafted by the accomplished furniture makers at LINLEY. Each decanter will also be adorned with a solid silver stag, created by silversmiths Hamilton & Inches, holder of The Royal Warrant.

Commenting on the launch, Richard Paterson, Master Distiller at The Dalmore said: “This is a special year for me so I chose to finesse this whisky in a champagne cask, as this magnificent drink is synonymous with celebratory occasions. Bringing the champagne together with Matusalem oloroso sherry and port is perhaps the greatest example to date of our ability to innovate in both maturation and cask finishing while preserving the signature flavours of The Dalmore.”

He went on to say: “This whisky is exceptional, as are the luxurious and sophisticated finishes applied by the craftsmen at Domaine Henri Giraud, Baccarat, Linley and Hamilton & Inches. They are true masters of their art and it is a pleasure to have worked with them to bring the 50 Year Old to life in such a magnificent way.”

The Dalmore 50 Year Old, will be available later this month from specially selected specialist retailers for a RRP of £50,000.

Posted by Steve Rush