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Dalmore Mackenzie release aims to raise funds

A new limited edition of The Dalmore Mackenzie, comprising only 3,000 bottles, has been released to mark a new era in the distillery’s long affiliation with the Mackenzie Clan. The Mackenzie family, owners of The Dalmore distillery for almost a century, were the inspiration behind The Dalmore’s stag head logo.

This new release celebrates the single act of courage that an ancestor of Clan Mackenzie made when saving King Alexander III in 1263 from being gored by a stag, a scene that is depicted in the famous Scottish painting ‘Fury of the Stag’ which hangs in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The partnership aims to raise funds to help refurbish and maintain Castle Leod and to support a range of activities organised by The Clan Mackenzie Society of Scotland & The UK. According to The Dalmore’s master distiller Richard Paterson this is the first step of a long-term commitment, and the brand is hoping to raise a seven-figure sum in the next 10 years to help protect this important piece of Scottish history.

Each limited edition bottle will be individually numbered and adorned with the Clan and the brand’s royal stag head formed in molten metal. All purchasers are entitled to claim a limited edition print of the painting signed by the head of the Clan who continues to reside at Castle Leod.

Richard Paterson concluded: “This is the first step in a longer journey with the Clan Mackenzie as we work together for mutual benefit. The Dalmore and the Clan are inextricably linked. There are not many brands in the world that have these true royal connections, and we hope to announce more projects like this over the next couple of years. Watch this space.”

The Dalmore Mckenzie will be available in on- and off-trade outlets in Scotland, the UK (RRP £100), the US, France, Germany, New Zealand and in global travel retail.
Tasting Notes
Bottled at 46% abv, the Mackenzie bottling is a commanding, intense and courageous spirit that proffers hints of vanilla, red fruits, spices and the brand’s classic signature citrus orange.
The Clan Mackenzie Society of Scotland & The UK
Castle Leod in Strathpeffer (near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland) is the Home of the chief of the Clan Mackenzie and seat of the Clan Mackenzie. The Society organises and attends a variety of events each year including the Strathpeffer Highland Games in August



Images: The Dalmore Mckenzie 46% abv RRP £100 and In 1786 Benjamin West, artist to King George III, commemorated Mackenzie’s encounter with the stag in a vast painting commissioned by Francis Humberston Mackenzie. The painting remained at Castle Leod until 1952 and now hangs in the Scottish National Gallery

1 March 2010 - Felicity Murray