Master Distiller of The Dalmore, Richard Paterson has celebrated 50 years in the industry in true style. His landmark year has seen the release of The Dalmore 50 Year Old, The Dalmore Quintessence and now a trio of vintages finished in specially selected Port pipes. Showcasing the exclusive relationship The Dalmore enjoys with W & J Graham’s vineyard in Portugal’s Douro Valley, alongside Paterson’s artistry, this latest series consists of vintages from 1996, 1998 and 2001, each matured in pipes seasoned with vintage Port.
Each of the vintages began its life in American white oak before being finished in Port pipes hand-selected by Paterson to complement the character of the whisky. The 2001 Vintage spent 13 years in American oak, followed by two years in Tawny Port pipes, imparting an indulgent elegance to the vintage. The 1998 expression spent 18 years in American oak and two years in rare Tawny Port pipes that held the finest port for 20 years, giving a full-bodied, rich character. Finally, the 1996 vintage – the oldest in the collection – spent 17 years in American oak and three in specially selected Vintage 1974 Colheita Port pipes that spent the previous 30 years maturing Port at Graham’s vineyard.
According to Paterson himself, ‘Every wine vintage tells its own story, but to me, when it comes to The Dalmore Port Vintages, seasoned in the finest aged Graham’s Port pipes… it becomes a true classic never to be forgotten!’