The Dalmore Quintessence: First Whisky with a 5 red wine cask finish


The Dalmore renowned for its single malt whisky innovation is back to wow us again. This time, the Highland single malt whisky maker demonstrates its calibre with The Dalmore Quintessence. Here what’s special about this latest creation: it is the first and only single malt whisky in the world with a five red wine cask finish. We haven’t heard of any other distillery in the world that has done this, or even attempted it.

The Dalmore Quintessence starts its life spending an extensive period of maturation in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels. Following which, the spirit is split across five hand-selected casks which had individually held; Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. We are pretty sure that the master distillers at The Dalmore didn’t just decide on these particular wines on a petty whim. These casks are then specifically placed within Warehouse No.2 at The Dalmore distillery to ensure the perfect environment for the wine casks to impart their distinctive characteristics into the whisky. After a further unprecedented five years finessing, the five casks were brought back together to create a unique and rewarding masterpiece.

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Now that we know how it’s made, we are extremely curious as to how fares on the palate.

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Richard Paterson, regarded as the greatest and most creative whisky maker of his generation, has been at the helm of The Dalmore for nearly five decades. He commented: “The Dalmore has a unique new make spirit and maturation conditions. This inspires me to push the art of the possible with The Dalmore. The Dalmore Quintessence has been a long-term project which I am delighted to share with the world. It is a combination of two of my great passions, The Dalmore distillery and exceptional red wine.”

We are sure that every ounce of his intimate knowledge of what can be achieved with The Dalmore, coupled with an unparalleled expertise in rare, exclusive and unusual casks have made The Dalmore Quintessence possible.


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