The Dalmore 21 Year Old heralds the gathering of fine labels under a new stewardship
Held aloft by ideals, realised by legacy: The Dalmore takes top spot among Emperador Inc’s stable of brands.
The world of whiskies is a competitive one. From the dense forest of single malt makers, an antlered label has charged its way into prominence – The Dalmore.
In 1263, the 12-pointed Royal Stag crest that proudly adorns each bottle of The Dalmore was given to Clan Mackenzie in service to a royal act of bravery. When Andrew and Charles Mackenzie bought the Dalmore distillery in 1867 from founder Alexander Matheson, the crest became a regal flourish – a fitting symbol of The Dalmore and its unyielding pursuit of excellence.
Today, The Dalmore honours its ancestry by reaping a long list of accolades. From record-breaking auction figures to rare expressions sold out in minutes, the label has grown from strength to strength under its current owners – Emperador Inc. In fact, The Dalmore was the fastest-growing single malt from 2018 to 20201.
Emperador Inc, the largest brandy company in the world, owns Fundador – Spain’s oldest and largest brandy and sherry maker – as well as Whyte & Mackay, which also makes it the world’s fifth largest whisky manufacturer by volume2.
Master distiller Richard Paterson, who has been in the whisky-making industry for more than 50 years, has been creating some of the world’s best single malt whiskies for The Dalmore. Long renowned for working with rare casks to achieve distinct flavours, Paterson has elevated the legacy of The Dalmore to new heights through the years with his creations.
The newest addition to this collection is The Dalmore 21 Year Old – an exquisite blend where Paterson and his protege Gregg Glass perfectly capture The Dalmore’s coming of age.
AN EXQUISITE JOURNEY
“The age of 21 is when everything feels possible. We are very proud to share this special whisky to celebrate all those who are turning 21 in 2022,” said Glass.
The Dalmore 21 Year Old began its journey in ex-bourbon American white oak barrels before maturing in rare 30-year-old Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks exclusive to The Dalmore. Hand-selected by Bodegas Gonzalez Byass in Jerez, Spain, the partnership exemplifies The Dalmore’s emphasis on specialty cask curation. Other rare cask partnerships include Graham’s Port in Portugal, as well as Chateau Mont Redon and Henri Giraud, both in France.
Connoisseurs will understand the significance of the final casking – widely believed to deliver 40 to 80 per cent of the whisky’s character. In the case of The Dalmore 21 Year Old, the scotch comes through with the brand’s signature house style of oranges, bitter chocolate and gentle spices, before rolling in with sweet liquorice, black forest fruits, roasted walnuts, and marzipan on the palate, leaving a lingering trail of peaches, ginseng, pear tarte tatin and Sanguillo blood oranges.
Given its theme of maturation, it is all the more fitting that Glass – himself a rising star in the scotch industry – is emerging with this co-creation from his tutelage.
Said Glass: “This special release marks the channelling of potential over centuries: A toast to our forefathers back in 1263, and to all who have shaped the potential of our unique distillery over 180 years of pioneering craftsmanship, including my whisky artistry mentor Richard Paterson.”
EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES OF FINE WHISKY
Since its inception in 1839, The Dalmore’s course has been studded with accolades from community and critics alike. Its legacy lies in many things – among them, exclusive cask curation from renowned bodegas and wineries, and artful blends by master distillers led by Paterson.
This remarkable distinction has made The Dalmore’s special releases all the more coveted in the collectors’ market.
Most recently, this past October at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, The Dalmore Decades No 6 Collection sold for US$1.1 million (S$1.5 million), etching its name in history as the most valuable whisky lot ever sold by Sotheby’s in Asia. True to the brand’s pioneering spirit, The Dalmore collaborated with a direct-to-consumer NFT marketplace for luxury wines and spirits BlockBar.com, for one set of The Dalmore Decades No 4 Collection, which was sold via NFT bidding for US$137,700.
With its dedicated pursuit of excellence, Whyte & Mackay emerged as the Distiller of the Year in the United Kingdom3. The brand’s three other labels – Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn – are part of its portfolio of fine whiskies where The Dalmore sits as the crowning jewel. All of these whiskies swept Gold Awards at the International Spirits Challenge 2021.
Jura – the No 1 malt whisky in the UK4 – is a unique blend of peated and unpeated whisky. The Tamnavulin shines, too, tapping into its exclusive microclimate beside the river Livet to offer up classic Speyside single malts. Their winning formulas have won them both the distinction as the two fastest-growing whisky brands5.
Whyte & Mackay and its brands have enjoyed immense growth under the stewardship of Emperador Inc. Even with a presence in over 100 countries, Emperador Inc continues to expand its footprint in new territories, with pronounced growth in Europe, Asia and Africa. Its ambition of maintaining pole position as the largest-growing single malt brand owner6 and the No 1 brandy producer in the world is no doubt a sign of even more extraordinary things to come.
Enjoy The Dalmore 21 Year Old with specially curated menus from these Michelin-starred restaurants: Saint Pierre, Shisen Hanten, Basque Kitchen by Aitor, Lerouy, and Burnt Ends.
1Source: IWSR Global Database 2021. From 2018 to 2020, The Dalmore is the single malt brand that saw the largest growth in absolute value.
2Source: Scotch Whisky Industry Review 2020-21
3Source: NielsonIQ 2022. Whyte & Mackay has a value share of 17.3 per cent in the malt whisky category in the UK.
4Source: NielsonIQ 2022. Jura has a value share of 10.7 per cent in the malt whisky category in the UK.
5Source: IWSR Global Database 2021. From 2019 to 2020, Tamnavulin and Jura are the single malts that saw the largest growth in absolute volume.
6Source: IWSR Global Database 2021. Emperador/Whyte & Mackay is the largest-growing single malt brand owner (absolute volume and absolute value) between 2019 and 2020.