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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Dalmore Trinitas 64

Worlds Most Expensive Whisky (2010)

GLASGOW, Scotland October 14  2010  /PRNewswire/ — 

 

The first bottle of whisky in the world to break the six figure price barrier was revealed by The Dalmore distillery which has sold two bottles for £100,000...each.

 

The 64 year old Trinitas, named because there were three bottles produced, was acquired by a luxury whisky lover in the US and a renowned whisky investor in the UK.

 

The third bottle of the record breaking spirit will be sold at the Whisky Show in London at the end of October. However organisers are keeping the exact details of the exclusive sale under wraps for the moment.

 

Industry experts claim that if the bottle was sold by the glass in exclusive restaurants and clubs, it could fetch up to £20,000 for a typical 50ml dram.

 

What makes it so Special

 

Trinitas is believed to contain some of the rarest and oldest stocks of whisky in the world, some of which have been maturing in the Dalmore distillery on the shores of the Cromarty Firth for more than 140 years.

 

The Dalmore’s renowned master distiller Richard Paterson claimed this was not about breaking world records but about making the best whisky money can buy.

 

"The hand of time has been generous and rewarding with the malts I chose to use. They allowed me to create a taste sensation which will never be repeated again and will only ever be available to those that own these bottles. You cannot put a price on that."

 

Paterson concluded: "People recognise that you have to pay a premium for true exclusivity, craftsmanship, quality and heritage. Even in this day and age, when times are tough, those that enjoy the finer things in life want to reward themselves with something very special. And you won’t get more special than The Dalmore 64.

 

Richard Paterson used his unrivalled expertise and knowledge to fuse a range of these exclusive malts together.

 

He then placed them in one boutique, hand crafted American white oak cask for two years to create a unique spirit which will never be replicated again.

 

Richard Paterson Dalmore Trinitas 64 Tasting Notes

 

The initial bouquet is highly complex. Powerful notes of sweet raisins, rich Colombian coffee, crushed walnuts and bitter orange casts its magical spell over you. Another glorious fusion of grapefruit, sandalwood, white musk and Indonesian patchouli completes this bouquet of exuberance.

 

The spirit must be nurtured and cherished long in the mouth to tease out every hidden flavour. Sweet sultanas, figs, and a caramelised topping of Seville oranges, apples, mangos and dates roll over the tongue. This is quickly followed by a wave of lingering sensations of vino dulce muscatel, marzipan, treacle toffee, soft liquorice and roasted coffee. A soft caress of truffles, walnuts and muscovado sugar on your palate brings this unforgettable fanfare to a flawless finish.

 

Dalmore Trinitas Presentation

 

Three hand crafted crystal decanters were commissioned to house the rare whisky, and these were dressed with the brand's iconic royal stag's head, an engraved neck foil and Richard's signature which were all hand made in silver by award winning jewellers.

 

The bottles are presented in a beautiful "cabinet" which took over 100 man hours to make, including a hidden drawer to hold the authenticity paperwork, and a key to a unique lock for the case created by London's oldest locksmith Brahma.

 

Display Cabinet

 

Each one of the three Dalmore Trinitas presentation boxes is completely bespoke. Formed and shaped by highly skilled craftsmen, they are constructed from solid English oak encased in a Macassar ebony veneer. Relatively rare in veneer form, this exceptional wood is particularly hard and dense.

 

Twelve individual coats of lacquer were applied to the surface and then cut back by hand after every four coats. After the final coat of lacquer was applied, the surface was then cut back using increasingly fine sand paper, finishing with a very fine grade of emery paper. Finally, the lacquer was burnished with various grades of finishing paste, until the mirror finish was achieved.

 

The bottom drawer uses unfinished sycamore with hand cut dovetails, and is lined with black suede. The scroll tube is hand turned out of a solid piece of Macassar ebony and finished by hand with a silver collar in the centre.

 

Silver Work

 

The design drawings were translated into solid silver pieces by meticulously carving and cutting by hand. The larger parts bear the Scottish hallmark, struck by the Assay Office in Edinburgh. This mark attests the quality of the metal, and endorses the year of manufacture.

 

Sterling silver was chosen because it is 925 parts pure metal, with the addition of 75 parts copper. The copper works in harmony with the silver to give it an inner strength and makes the alloy workable.

 

The overall purity of the metal allows a perfect finish on the surface giving the final work of art a brilliance, to reflect the quality of the whisky.

 

A facsimile of Richard Paterson's signature was then carefully applied to the bottle, in silver. The Dalmore stag was then hand crafted to the scale of the bottle and finished by hand with carving and filing.

 

The trefoil, neck sleeve and lettering have all been lovingly produced in silver with the same care and attention.

 

Decanters

 

Three crystal decanters were commissioned and specially made using hand-blown crystal of class-leading quality and clarity.

 

Molten, full lead crystal was heated to almost 2000 degrees before being gathered by hand, mouth blown and shaped to forge a final, beautifully sculpted piece. Truly brilliant crystal is distinguishable from others by its greater transparency, luminosity, weight and perfection. The addition of lead to the composition ensured perfect clarity, softening the glass and thereby facilitating greater precision with handcutting.

 

Many different processes were involved each involving hours of intricate and detailed work.

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