Dalmore distillery has today announced the launch of one of its most prized whiskies - the Sirius. Dalmore is located in the northern Highland of Alness, which lies on the Cromarty Firth and close to the famous Black Isle. It was established in 1839 and is currently owned by Whyte & Mackay, a branch of United Spirits. Dalmore is translated as 'big meadow' from Gaelic and this refers to the fertile farmland that is located in the local area. The distillery has a current production capacity of approximately four million litres per year and has some of the oldest stills in Scotland, one of which dates back to 1874.
Sirius is an exceptionally rare, exceptionally old and exceptionally expensive bottle of whisky. There are only 12 bottles being released and this will be in a specially designed crystal decanter. The whisky was distilled in 1951 and only bottled recently and will retail for a whopping £10,000 a bottle! It is bottled from a single cask at its natural cask strength of 45% ABV and is only available by contacting Dalmore directly www.thedalmore.com or in World Duty Free stores at selected airports in France, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. Sirius is named after the brightest star that is visible from Earth.
As Sirius is such a rare and costly whisky, we will have to rely on Richard Paterson's official tasting notes. Richard is the Master Distiller at Dalmore distillery.
“Distinguished and elegant, age has gracefully finessed this brilliant expression. Aromas of intense citrus and honeyed chocolate are quickly joined by roasted coffee, crushed walnuts and hints of liquorice spice. Let the spirit gently roll over the palate, holding it long in the mouth to tease out its illuminating flavours. First coffee and bitter chocolate, followed by crushed almonds and ripe apple, then toffee, spicy cinnamon and toasted oak provide the perfect finish. Sirius is, quite simply, one of the world’s most perfect whiskies.”