Dalmore chose April Food’s Day as the launch date for their exorbitantly priced 45 year single malt scotch whisky, which will carry an eye-popping price tag of $12,500 per bottle. The Dalmore 45 contains some of the distillery’s “rarest aged stocks” selected by master distiller Richard Paterson. The whisky has been matured in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks before being transferred to two different Graham’s Port Colheita pipes, dating from 1961 and 1963. The liquid was then married together in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, bottled at 40%.

Paterson said: “By personally selecting the very finest American white oak ex-Bourbon casks and Port Colheita pipes from 1961 and 1963, I have been able to create a truly unique expression which is indulgent and smooth with a vibrant and lively flavour profile. It takes time, dedication and passion to create an expression like The Dalmore 45 and age has gracefully matured this distinguished spirit to make it one of The Dalmore’s greatest aged spirits. This is a very special whisky, which I would describe as flawless perfection.”

Presented in a decanter designed by French crystal house Baccarat, the hand-blown decanters are adorned with The Dalmore’s iconic 12 point Royal Stag emblem produced by Royal Warrant Holders Hamilton & Inches. This Royal Stag is a symbol of the brand’s promise to remain at the pinnacle of single malt. Only 500 bottles of The Dalmore 45 will be released globally this year.