Singular Whisky, the Dalmore Zenith, could fetch up to £50k

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Singular Whisky, the Dalmore Zenith, could fetch up to £50k

19 Jul 2012, 12:05 GMT+01

The illustrious Whisky Shop of Inverness, capital of the Highlands, is auctioning off a unique bottle of whisky called the Dalmore Zenith.

This special release single malt from the Dalmore Distillery in Easter Ross is made from three extremely old vintages, The Dalmore 1964, The Dalmore 1951, and the 52 year old Dalmore 1926, this last from the year of the general strike and the birth of Queen Elizabeth II. These three precious whiskies, all now down to their last drops, were brought together to mature in Oloroso Sherry casks.

The Zenith is presented in a bespoke crystal decanter and English oak and rosewood veneer cabinet. The colour of the whisky has been described as: ‘a galaxy of glittering amber gold laced with facets of black diamonds’.

The nose is, apparently, ‘pure heaven as exquisite aromas of black cherries, raisins, fig cake and caramelised citrus fruits flaunt themselves in an enticing cluster of unashamed pleasure. Age has not diminished this golden nugget as it shines with layers of over ripe apricots, rich praline, chocolate ganache, coffee esque, intimately interlaced with ginger sultanas and spice. Muscatel and wisteria complete this gallery of delight’.

If that was not enough to drown the senses, the description moves on to the taste: ‘The palate is deep and languorous with a festoon of pistachios, hazel nuts and crushed almonds. However this soon gives way to a sensual array of toasted Colombian coffee, coconut blancmange, cracked black pepper and moist banana cake. The after taste is a fusion of festivities on your tongue as dense notes of frangipane, pineapple, soft liquorice tempered by honeyed mulled wine gently drift over the tongue. The palate is truly rewarded with these rare attributes that only age in the finest woods can provide. Savour these memorable flavours with reverence and pride’.

Entitled ‘Zenith’ to indicate that this whisky is indeed the high point of a celestial sphere, it is one of the oldest and rarest bottles of whisky in the world, and the only one in existence. It carries a reserve price of £50,000. A portion of the winning bid will be donated to the British Red Cross.

The Zenith aims to continue a tradition of record breaking sales of rare Dalmore whiskies. The Dalmore Trinitas was the first whisky to sell for over £100k a bottle in 2011. The same year, a bottle of Dalmore Sinclair 62 year old sold in Singapore for £125,000.

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See also

Main article: Whisky
Main article: Dalmore Scotch Whisky Distillery
Main article: Dalmore 64 Trinitas

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