The Dalmore releases vintage port collection to mark Master Distiller’s 50th year


Tawny port pipes from Graham’s vineyard in Douro, Portugal add the finishing touches to The Vintage Port Collection, using pipes reserved exclusively for The Dalmore  (Photo credit: David Parry)
Luxury single malt The Dalmore has released a three-bottle, limited-edition collection of whiskies matured in vintage port casks.
Celebrating Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry, The Vintage Port Collection is crafted using aged port pipes from renowned winemaker W&J Graham’s.
The trio of port-finished vintages are 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, using pipes reserved exclusively for The Dalmore. 
Graham’s signature port palate matches the depth and quality of The Dalmore’s complex new-make spirit, enabling the spirit to be matured for longer in a greater variety of casks, the company said. 
The 1996 Port Vintage is described as indulgent and smooth, offering a palate of gingerbread and passion fruit, with a finish of pineapple, marzipan and blood oranges. 
The 1998 Port Vintage comprises a fruity palate of honeyed bananas, blueberries and grapes, with damson plums and dark treacle providing a depth to the finish. 
The 2001 Port Vintage has a spicier aroma and a palate of morello cherries. A coffee finish is accompanied with hints of Turkish delight and figs. 
Paterson added: “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.”