Luxury single malt whisky maker The Dalmore has released its limited edition distillery bottling for 2017.

Made in the renowned Dalmore Distillery in the Scottish Highlands, the Distillery Exclusive Vintage 2000 combines the depth and complexity of The Dalmore’s unique new make spirit with sweetness gifted from the soft character of Californian Merlot.

Having matured in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels, the single malt has been finished in hand selected Californian Merlot Barriques for five years before bottling, and only 270 bottles will be available to purchase.

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Released during Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry, the Distillery Exclusive is a showcase of Richard’s craftsmanship and, in particular, his pioneering approach to the art of maturation and cask finishing.

Since taking the reins as Master Distiller nearly 50 years ago, Richard Paterson has been the pioneering force behind The Dalmore, responsible for creating some of the world’s most coveted and iconic whiskies.

Richard has achieved a number of world firsts, including the six-cask matured The Dalmore King Alexander III and releasing the first ever five red wine finished whisky, The Dalmore Quintessence.

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“The Dalmore Distillery, located on the picturesque shore of the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, is my go-to place for inspiration and reflection. It is here that I first considered how best to combine one of my favourite red wines with the distillery’s deep and complex new make spirit.” – Richard Paterson, The Dalmore Master Distiller

The Distillery Exclusive Vintage 2000, £200, by THE DALMORE