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The Dalmore reveals Vintage Port Collection

Emperador's The Dalmore has released a limited edition, three-bottle collection of whiskies, each matured in vintage port casks.

In the year that The Dalmore’s master distiller Richard Paterson celebrates his 50th year in the whisky industry, The Vintage Port Collection is the latest in a long line of releases from the whisky producer.

Crafted using aged port pipes from winemakers W&J Graham’s, Paterson’s  knowledge of the cask maturation process has been applied in creating a collection of port-finished vintages from 1996, 1998 and 2001.

The Dalmore Vintage Port Collection is matured in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks.

Tawny Port pipes from Graham’s vineyard in Douro, Portugal add the finishing touches to the collection, using pipes reserved exclusively for The Dalmore. Graham’s port palate matches the depth and quality of The Dalmore’s new make spirit, enabling the spirit to be matured for longer in a greater variety of casks.

The collection will be available to purchase from selected whisky retailers.

Richard Paterson, master distiller at The Dalmore adds: “For me, port and whisky complement each other perfectly, with port providing a fruitier palate to The Dalmore’s deep and complex new make spirit.  Being able to finish these new releases in pipes of Graham’s port, which are some of the finest quality, during my anniversary year is incredibly exciting. I’m delighted to be able to continue our founder’s vision of creating new expressions that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the luxury single malt category.”

8 July 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor