Created in partnership with The Dalmore’s Master Distiller Richard Paterson, this expertly crafted single malt whisky is a celebration of the shared respect for tradition and innovation that unites the pair. The rare and aged bottling will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in an online sale in Spring 2019, running from 25 April to 9 May, with all proceeds benefiting Bottura’s non-profit organisation, Food For Soul, which empowers communities to fight food waste through social inclusion.
The Dalmore L’Anima, Aged 49 Years (‘L’Anima meaning “soul” in Italian), is a unique single malt, created from three unique assemblages which were brought together by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson using some of the distillery’s most exquisite casks. A marriage of rare Dalmore expressions which were previously matured in freshly emptied small batch bourbon barrels, Gonzalez Byass casks which previously held 40 year old ’Pedro Ximenez’ sherry and Graham’s Vintage Port Pipes.
An exclusive one of a kind bottling and manifestation of each maverick’s unique skill set, The Dalmore L’Anima was inspired by Bottura and Paterson’s conversations and shared creativity. Paterson selected whiskies embodying the chocolate orange profile which The Dalmore is known for, while layering with flavours reminiscent of Bottura’s kitchen and beloved Italian produce.
Luckily enough for us, we were invited to a small intimate private tasting at Sotheby’s London offices to not only experience this one of a kin 49-year-old expression but to also discover its maturation process.
On the nose: there is a lovely waft of orange marmalade, followed by notes of cinnamon, pear drops, currants and bitter dark chocolate. These initial notes are closely followed by notes of old leather, coffee, demerara sugar, walnuts, ginger, lime zest and tobacco. Completing the nose are notes of cloves, plums, a hint of green herbs, wood polish, candy sticks, maraschino cherries, alongside a creamy note. On the palate: those orange marmalade notes are ever-present, followed by lime zest, sharp sanguinello oranges, raisins and vanilla. Notes of marzipan, brown sugar, figs and walnuts start to emerge, followed by a bitter dark chocolate ganache and a note of old bound books. Rounding-off the palate are notes of coffee, creme brûlée and menthol note. The finish: is long, bittersweet, with lingering notes of those blood red oranges, treacle, aniseed and dates.
This natural strength whisky (41.5% ABV) is elegantly held in a crystal decanter featuring a sterling silver collar accompanied by a stopper, a silver stag, and sophisticated engraving. It will be presented in a luxurious bespoke, handcrafted cabinet made from Italian Olive Wood, American Black Walnut and solid Ebony by expert Scottish craftsman John Galvin.
And if that wasn’t enough The Dalmore L’Anima is accompanied by a dinner for two at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, Modena. This once–in–a-lifetime lot will be offered by Sotheby’s with no reserve.
This unique bottle of Dalmore L’Anima is currently up for auction right now, on Sotheby’s website and will be available to bid on until the 9th May 2019 right here!