5 Ultra-Luxury Scottish Whiskies for True Connoisseurs Only  

For more than 180 years, The Dalmore has set the global whisky standard in multi-cask maturation. Hand-selected casks from the world’s finest bodegas and wineries are expertly curated to create a sumptuous and layered whisky of legendary finesse.

The gift of a King, the 12-point Royal Stag proudly adorns each bottle of The Dalmore. It encapsulates the distillery’s regal legacy, dating back to 1263. The emblem was bestowed upon Colin of Kintail, the first chieftain of Clan Mackenzie, after he saved the life of King Alexander III of Scotland from the fury of a charging stag.

With a historic distinction like that, it’s no wonder that The Dalmore is deeply proud of its ultra-luxury spirits. Most whisky enthusiasts discover Dalmore through the distiller’s collection of Highland Single Malt whiskies in the Principal Collection, with the exquisite 21 year old at its pinnacle. But the Dalmore 30, 40, and 45 are the distillers’ superstar releases. And for the most discriminating connoisseur seeking   the absolute best, there’s the super-rare Dalmore Luminary No. 1, and The Dalmore’s latest global release, The Dalmore Cask Curation Series Sherry Edition — exquisite additions to rarified personal collections. Every one, and every sip, is a treasure. 

The Dalmore 30

Aged for three decades, The Dalmore 30  is finessed through a rare marriage of Colheita Port casks, including Port pipes which previously held rare Graham’s 1982 Single Harvest Port, delivering a beautiful and balanced whisky, full of richness, fruit, and spice. With an aroma of warm forest fruits, sugared almonds and ginger cake, the palate enjoys the lingering flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and hints of blood oranges.   $5,750

The Dalmore 40 

Initially aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, The Dalmore 40 was then matured in Port Colheita pipes. The precious liquid then joins aged whisky which has previously matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and Gonzalez Byass casks which have held 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry. For the final stage, a part of the whisky is transferred into Grahams Port Colheita pipes before being brought back together to harmonize in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. $14,000

The Dalmore 45

The Dalmore 45 is an assemblage brought together by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson using some of the distillery’s most rare and exceptional whiskies. The whisky is matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being transferred into Vintage Graham’s Port Colheita pipes from 1961 and 1963. For five long years it remained in these rare port pipes, creating a whisky which is indulgent, smooth and complex. The whisky is then married together for a final flourish in first fill American white oak ex-bourbon casks for a truly unrivaled finish.  $23,000

Cask Curation Series: The Sherry Edition

For those looking to indulge in the highest quality luxury, The Cask Curation Series Sherry Edition is the first in a four-year program of rare whisky collections. The Sherry Collection includes The Dalmore 26-Year-Old, The Dalmore 28-Year-Old, and The Dalmore 43-Year-Old, all beautifully presented in a bespoke leather-finished travel case hand-crafted in Florence, Italy. This exceptional set is available exclusively to the whisky makers of The Dalmore and strictly limited to 150 sets globally.   $37,500

The Dalmore Luminary No. 1 The Rare

A marriage of whisky and design, The Dalmore Luminary No. 1 The Rare is one of the world’s most collectible whiskies, sold at auction by Sotheby’s in 2022. Conceived as part of a partnership between The Dalmore and V&A Dundee art museum. This coveted 48-year-old Single Malt whisky was nurtured by Master Distiller Richard Paterson OBE. It’s housed in a striking sculpture designed by Kengo Kuma — the museum’s globally acclaimed architect — and is made of 48 hand-crafted diamond-shaped particles of Scottish Oak, Japanese Oak and polished metal to represent the whisky’s maturity. You’ll need an ultra-luxury sleuth and seriously deep pockets to locate this Dalmore to make it yours. But then a true connoisseur never accepts defeat, do we?Priceless

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