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Why the New $12,000 Single Malt from The Dalmore is Worth Every Penny

The Dalmore, one of Scotland's most historic and high prized distilleries from the heart of the Highlands, is coming out with one of its most exquisite Scotches ever released: a 45 Year single malt priced at $12,500 and limited to just 500 bottles worldwide.

The Dalmore 45 was handcrafted by Master Distiller Richard Paterson (below) who used some of the distillery’s rarest aged liquids, all at least 45 years old, to create what he describes as "flawless perfection" in liquid form.

Launching globally on April 1 (no joke), the precious elixir was first matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and then transferred into two different Vintage Graham’s Port "Colheita" pipes – large, long barrels with tapered ends – dating from 1961 and 1963.

This was done to create distinctive layers of smooth, complex flavors, and for the finishing touch, the whisky was "married" together in again in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and then bottled at 80 proof, aka 40% ABV. The distillery takes great care with its cask curation, which focuses on "sourcing and utilizing only the best casks from the world’s finest bodegas and wineries."

The Dalmore 45 features aromas of molasses, toffee, treacle cake, Sanguinello blood oranges, and almonds, and flavors of red berries, soft licorice, crushed hazelnuts, bitter chocolate and Manuka honey, followed by notes of sticky toffee pudding, Bramley apples and juicy dates to finish. And it's presented in a burlwood case and hand-blown decanter designed by artisans at renowned French crystal house Baccarat, featuring The Dalmore’s Royal Stag emblem in silver.