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Last night in the Presidential Suite of the St. Regis New York, The Dalmore celebrated the launch of The Dalmore 40—its 40-year-aged single malt whisky, which was release this year—with an exclusive tasting.
Guests were treated to Old Fashioneds made with The Dalmore 12 (a 12-year-aged whisky) and an assortment of canapés. Enjoying small tastings, the The Dalmore’s Single Malt Specialist Jason Moore then welcomed attendees into the suite’s impressive dining room.
“Tonight, I have the pleasure of introducing you to some very special whiskies,” said Moore. “The first whisky that we will taste first is called King Alexander III based on the royal heritage of The Dalmore. Maturation is the biggest part of whisky making. In fact, the Scotch malt whisky Pledge would say that 60 to 70 percent of all of the flavor in a scotch whisky comes from the wood. This is the only single malt whisky in the world that unites six unique cast finishes.”
Founded in 1839 by Sir Alexander Matheson, the whisky brand has an iconic stag emblem—a prominent feature on every bottle produced, was a gift from King Alexander III of Scotland.
“With each new release I strive for depth and complexity, pushing the boundaries of whisky making and building on the knowledge and skills passed down from my predecessors,” said Richard Paterson (who has been in the whisky industry for The Dalmore for nearly 50 years) in an official statement released by the brand. “It takes time, effort and vision to create an expression as complex as The Dalmore 40 years old, moving the rare stocks of whisky between casks to build layer upon layer of character. When you bring it all together, it creates something very special indeed.”
A dinner paired with whisky blends followed, featuring: The Dalmore 15, with notes of vanilla and ginger, served alongside the choice of an heirloom spinach salad with buratta or champagne risotto; The Dalmore 18, with notes of candied fruit and dark chocolate, served with filet mignon or pan seared sea bass; and The Dalmore Cigar, with notes of banana toffee and vanilla ice cream, paired with a vanilla crème-filled patisserie or a dark chocolate mousse cake.
The night concluded with a surprise tasting of The Dalmore 25 and the The Dalmore 40, which has a limited run of just 58 bottles in the United States. With notes of gingerbread and honey, and an aftertaste of Sanguinello blood oranges, ripe Bramley apples, and licorice sticks, we toasted to and with The Dalmore 40 for a nightcap to remember.