To mark the occasion, only 51 decanters of the Dalmore 51 will be released. Originally distilled in 1966, this single malt was released to commemorate the highland house’s 180th anniversary.  

(Image source: As with other exceptionally rare releases, The Dalmore 51 is presented in a crystal decanter and packaged inside a case fashioned from handmade sycamore.

Heads up bon vivants: The Dalmore has just released its inaugural whisky of the new decade and it’s a doozy. At half a century and change, the new Dalmore 51 is among the maturest expressions to be serially released by the eponymous Scottish distillery. The catch? It’ll set you back US$71,000 (approximately RM300,000).

Once again, master distiller Richard Paterson — previously responsible for collaborating with chef Massimo Bottura on the equally lofty Dalmore L’Anima — is the brains behind this release. This particular limited edition was distilled in 1966, before going into a succession of three different ex-fill casks. In keeping with Paterson’s style, the Dalmore 51 is aged in a mixture of stores previously holding Spanish sherry, bourbon and 1938 Port Colheita. Members of the public have yet to taste this new, decades-old dram but given the duration of ageing, it’s not difficult to imagine there’ll be plenty of complexity (in terms of palette and aroma) to keep malt lovers busy. According to brand reps, the nose is packed full of liquorice, caramel, and balsamic vinegar. The palette meanwhile is redolent of classic Dalmore, showcasing notes of plum, ginger and vanilla which then taper to a lengthy, fruit-filled finish.

Given the significant degree of evaporation which has occurred due to decades of barrel ageing (a phenomenon known as ‘Angel’s Share’), only 51 decanters of the Dalmore 51 will be available to purchase. As with all of the brand’s ultra-rare editions, this bottling is presented in a bespoke crystal decanter, and stored inside a matching sycamore case quilted in leather.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong. 

Randy Lai
Watches Editor
Having worked in the Australian digital media landscape for over 5 years, Randy has extensive experience in men's specialist categories such as classic clothing, watches and spirits. He is partial to mid-century chronographs and a nice chianti.