Whyte & Mackay has released a collection of whiskies from The Dalmore distillery, exclusively available through World Duty Free. The Constellation Collection will consist of 21 individual expressions that have matured in some of the world’s finest casks before being bottled at natural cask strength and colour. The Dalmore Constellation Collection brings together, for the first time, a spectrum of vintages created at the Dalmore Highland distillery between the years 1964 and 1992.
All 21 whiskies in this range are presented in stylish but simple and unfussy packaging, and each bottle is exactly the same. Each release will be presented in a hand-blown and engraved crystal decanter, complete with the Dalmore stag logo in solid silver, and lacquered presentation box.
This collection of rare single malts are launched on May 1st, in the presence of Dalmore’s master distiller Richard Paterson, at the royal suite at London Heathrow Airport. The location of the royal suite, as some would know, is in the T5 terminal of the Heathrow airport, where members of the British royal family, and other royalties of the world depart from when they use the airport.
According to Richard Paterson: These single cask whiskies are a truly remarkable piece of craftsmanship. Each expression glows in its own natural brilliance to create a kaleidoscope of colour across the collection. As you would expect from The Dalmore, each unique cask follows time-honoured methods of artisanship, slowly maturing in our dark warehouses, naturally cooled by the damp maritime winds rolling in from the North Sea.
Maturation is an entirely natural process and we have sought to retain the purity, texture and mouth-feel and, as such, have rejected modern chill filtration prior to bottling. The end result is a whisky rich in flavour and aroma, he added.
The company plans to release around 20,000 bottles – 4,000 a year – under the Constellation Collection banner. The entire collection will sell for £158,000 ($256,300) and prices range from £20,000 ($32,450) for a bottle of the Vintage 1964 to £2,000 ($3,245) for a bottle of Vintage 1992. World Duty Free Group has been allocated two complete collections including all the number one bottles and all the number eight bottles from each year.