Dalmore, the highly awarded Highland distillery, has today announced the release of the world's most expensive whisky ever - the Dalmore Trinitas 64. There are only three bottles and each has a retail price of £100,000! Yes, you read that correctly - £100,000! Amazingly, two of the bottles have already been sold to private collectors and the third will be on sale at The Whisky Show, the forthcoming luxury whisky event which will be showcasing some of the world's finest examples of whisky and will take place in London on the 29th and 30th October.
A Highland distillery
Dalmore is located in the northern Highland town of Alness. It is one of two whisky distilleries in the town, with the lesser known Teaninich being the other. Dalmore was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson and is currently owned by the famous whisky name of Whyte & Mackay, which is now a subsidiary of the Indian owned company United Spirits. United Spirits took over in 2007 and have since re-branded the Dalmore whisky range and packaging. They have also recently done this to the two other Whyte & Mackay single malts – Jura and Fettercairn - and sales of all have increased significantly. Dalmore has an annual production capacity of around four million litres and is particularly renowned for their use of quality sherry casks to mature their whiskies.
Why so expensive?
The Dalmore Trinitas 64 contains some of the rarest and oldest single malt whiskies in the world and some of them have been maturing in the Dalmore distillery warehouses for over 140 years! The youngest whisky included is 64 years of age and was distilled in the mid 1940s, hence the reference to that age in the name. Richard Paterson, the world renowned Master Blender for Whyte & Mackay, has used his expertise to fuse together a range of these exclusive malts and produce the Trinitas. They have been placed in one boutique, hand crafted American white oak cask for the last two years to create a unique spirit which will never or can ever be replicated. Richard describes the Trinitas as "the pinnacle of my career - it's the best whisky that I have ever created".
The Dalmore Trinitas 64 is presented in three specially commissioned hand crafted and hand blown crystal decanters and feature the distillery's iconic stag's head, an engraved neck foil and Richard Paterson's signature, both of which were hand made in silver by award winning jewellers. Each bottle comes with a hand made English oak and ebony veneer casket and each one took over 100 man hours to manufacture. Features include a hidden drawer which holds the certificate of authenticity signed by Richard Paterson and a unique lock and key created by Brahma, London's oldest locksmiths. We have been given this short video about the Trinitas 64 where various people from the whisky industry, including Richard Paterson, talk about the new release. Enjoy ...
As there are only three bottles of this whisky and they cost £100,000 each, there are only a select few that will ever get to sample this rare whisky. Therefore, we are going to have to use Richard Paterson's tasting notes and dream of a Lottery win!
"The initial bouquet is highly complex. Powerful notes of sweet raisins, rich Colombian coffee, crushed walnuts and bitter orange casts its magical spell over you. Another glorious fusion of grapefruit, sandalwood, white musk and Indonesian patchouli completes this bouquet of exuberance. The spirit must be nurtured and cherished long in the mouth to tease out every hidden flavour. Sweet sultanas, figs, and a caramelised topping of Seville oranges, apples, mangos and dates roll over the tongue. This is quickly followed by a wave of lingering sensations of vino dulce muscatel, marzipan, treacle toffee, soft liquorice and roasted coffee. A soft caress of truffles, walnuts and muscovado sugar on your palate brings this unforgettable fanfare to a flawless finish".