This week on WhiskyFun Legends, we take an in depth look into the Dalmore 50 Yr Outdated Crystal Decanter, an especially uncommon bottling that solely a fortunate few will see of their lifetimes. 

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The Dalmore 50 Yr Outdated Crystal Decanter 

Dalmore Distillery was, within the early 2000s, comfortably sitting on the pinnacle of the luxurious whisky market. Along with this, the Dalmore 62 Yr Outdated Kildermorie has twice held the world record for the most expensive whisky ever sold at auction

At this time, in fact, Macallan is taken into account to be on the peak of the market. Nonetheless, this doesn’t diminish the standing of Dalmore’s uncommon and historic whiskies, nor its wealthy distilling historical past. The distillery has lengthy prioritized “peerless quality”, as is represented by the distillery’s emblem: the 12-point stag. 

Dalmore Distillery. Alness

This Dalmore 50 Yr Outdated is alleged to comprise Dalmore whisky distilled as early as 1868 and 1878. The youngest spirit on this single malt, nevertheless, was distilled in 1928. Subsequently, the whisky was bottled in 1978 at a formidable power of 52% ABV. 

The Dalmore 50 Yr Outdated is offered in a hand-cut crystal decanter, full with a picket presentation case and key, in addition to a Assure of Excellence signed by then head of Dalmore, Richard Patterson. 

Serge Valentin’s Tasting Notes On The Dalmore 50 Yr Outdated Crystal Decanter 

Serge Valentin of WhiskyFun is among the only a few individuals who has had the privilege of sampling this iconic Dalmore. His tasting notes date from September 2006: 

A proportion of the spirit was first drawn [in 1928], which in flip is reputed to embody some Dalmore from tenth June 1868 and 18th February 1878. Type of a solera? 

Color: deep amber, barely darker. 

Nostril: wow! Barely shy for half a second (particularly in comparison with the 32yo) however then it’s the cost of the Mild Brigade! First I get leather-based and cigar field blended with menthol, eucalyptus and outdated Tarragones chartreuse. Then I get contemporary seashells like ormers or clams, all types of dried fruits (no have to checklist all of them), beeswax, outdated furnishings, outdated wine, espresso espresso, chocolate, butter caramel, outdated orange liqueur… Gorgeous improvement!

Fairly some peat in there, in all probability, as a result of there’s additionally notes of outdated pu-erh tea, moist hay, hints of horse sweat… What’s nice is the power of the entire, fab that they managed to provide you with 52% as an alternative of the same old 40%-ish very outdated whiskies. Amazingly nice, with the menthol doing a outstanding comeback after fairly a while. A malt to spend an entire night with so far as the nostril is worried. 

Mouth: terrific information, it’s virtually as nice on the palate. Not fairly, as virtually at all times with outdated whiskies, however this mixture of leathery, waxy, minty and oaky notes is simply fabulous. Actually full-bodied, virtually invading, with once more all kinds of dried fruits, all kinds of nice outdated wines (not simply sherry), all kinds of teas (notably blackcurrant leaves I feel), espresso, black toffee, these raisins once more, dried bananas, outdated calvados (with that slight bitterness), darkish pipe tobacco… Will get extra an extra toasted and liquoricy after that, very ‘black’ should you see what I imply, virtually heavy and thick (in a pleasant approach). The end is extremely lengthy and even contemporary (form of), beautifully orangey and fairly leafy/earthy, with hints of recreation, caramelized meat and… smokiness from the peat?

S-t-u-n-n-i-n-g, and consider me, I’d have cherished to bash such an extravagantly priced whisky 😉 however I’m sorry, it’s going to be a minimum of 96 factors. (because of Richard Paterson and WhiskyLive Paris)” – Serge Valentin,, 2006 

The Value of The Dalmore 50 Yr Outdated Crystal Decanter At Public sale 

As said above, this Dalmore 50 Yr Outdated is extraordinarily uncommon. It’s no shock, then, that this bottle has solely appeared at public sale within the UK six occasions. The final document public sale sale of this whisky was in October 2019, when it offered for an astonishing £42,000 (ex. buyer’s premium) at Sotheby’s London. 

This bottle has remained elusive ever since. 

Purchase Dalmore Whisky

The Dalmore 1963 15 Yr Outdated Cadenhead Dumpy

Dalmore whiskies are extremely sought-after at each public sale and retail. We at the moment have this good Dalmore 1963 15 Year Old Cadenhead Dumpy accessible on our store. The whisky was distilled three years after Dalmore’s merger with Whyte & Mackay and bottled within the iconic dumpy bottle by Cadenhead. 

Browse the total Dalmore assortment here.

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