Exclusive Single Malt Whisky makers, The Dalmore, unveiled what is claimed as the world’s first and only single malt finished in five Californian red wine casks. The Dalmore Quintessence is hand work of the man behind the moustache, Richard Paterson, regarded as the greatest and most creative whisky maker of his generation. “The Dalmore has a unique new make spirit and maturation conditions.
This inspires me to push the art of the possible with The Dalmore. The Dalmore Quintessence has been a long-term project which I am delighted to share with the world. It is a combination of two of my great passions, The Dalmore distillery and exceptional red wine.” – Paterson.
Quintessence was first aged in American white oak ex-Bourbon barrels before being divided between five red wine casks: Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The casks were left to age for a further five years in Warehouse No 2 at Dalmore distillery, owned by Whyte and Mackay Group, before being married together to create Quintessence, bottled at 45% abv.
This whisky is a complex style, with notes of red fruits and soft spices, leather, caramel, dried fruits and almond, ending with a lick of oak and lovely length. The limited edition release is available now at Selfridges, price at €1,130 ($1,220).