The Dalmore unveils two limited edition whiskies in partnership with V&A Dundee

This collaboration is part of the second chapter of the Dalmore Luminary series, bringing together the world of whisky and architecture design

The Dalmore Luminary RareThe Dalmore has announced the second chapter of their Dalmore Luminary series, in partnership with V&A Dundee, Scotland’s design museum. As part of this collaboration, they have unveiled two new limited edition whiskies: The Dalmore Luminary – The Rare – 2024 Edition and The Dalmore Luminary – The Collectible – 2024 Edition.

This series has been created by Melodie Leung, director at Zaha Hadid Architects, who designed the sculptural housing for the whisky, Gregg Glass, master whisky maker at The Dalmore, and master distiller Richard Paterson OBE, bringing together luminaries from the world of whisky and architectural design.

The Rare is made up of a 49-year-old highland single malt whisky, and thanks to the maturation and blending process, has layers of intense vanilla, dark berry fruit and cacao aromas, with a palate of freshly roasted chestnuts, blackcurrant, Doyenne pears and patisserie spices, leading to a subtle, sweet smoke finish. It comes in a glass amber sculpture created by Melodie and her team.The DalmoreThe Collectible is a 16-year-old highland single malt whisky, which was matured in bourbon casks and finished in a blend of Graham’s tawny port pipes and Apostoles sherry casks, with a small portion in peated, hand-selected, ex-refill bourbon casks. This gives the drink a herbal wood smoke with notes of Manuka honey, crème brûlée and antique leather which is complemented by a palate of ripe figs, oranges, forest fruits and brioche.

Speaking about the collaboration, Gregg Glass highlighted the “shared journey” the team has been on, saying that it was a “true meeting of minds” to help elevate The Dalmore to a new level.

“Flavour, colour and form meet together in a holistic sensory experience with swirls of texture, depth, complexity and nuance. We are delighted to finally be sharing these special whiskies with the world,” he added.Melodie echoed similar sentiments, adding that this experience and “being initiated into the complex world of whisky making by Gregg and Richard”, provided a lot of room for design inspiration.

“The sculpture we created for The Rare was inspired by our fascinating discussions around the interaction and flow of flavour notes in the whisky-making process. It mirrors the multiple layers of ageing and blending that went into creating this whisky, which is the exquisite product of nature channelled over time,” Melodie added.

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