As many of you would have seen on Instagram, I recently enjoyed a whisky tasting of The Dalmore's core range. The event was held at the Raines Law Room at The William, in midtown Manhattan. Our host was The Dalmore's Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, who has just celebrated his 50th year with the brand. Guests, which happened to include several blogger friends of mine, were invited to the venue at 6pm. Upon arrival, we were asked to "follow the hallway to the end, take a left through the restaurant and head into the private room in the corner". Following these directions, I was immediately transported back to the UK by way of candle-lit room filled with antique English furniture, roaring fireplace and, surprise surprise, the lingering smell of Scotch whisky. Having lived in England, and also possessing significant Scottish heritage, being at this venue definitely sparked a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. Over the course of an hour, Richard took us through the heritage of his family, the history of the brand, and the various whiskies that make up the core range. Furthermore, he showed us how to enjoy whisky properly by swirling, smelling, sipping and then holding the whisky before swallowing it. We were initially treated to three of their luxury single malt whiskies - the 12, 15 and 18 year varieties - but, upon finishing these, Richard decided to open a very rare bottle of the 35 year variety, of which only 1000 bottles were produced.

The Dalmore 35 is derived from 3 wood profiles - Bourbon barrel, Matusalem Sherry Butt and a Port Colheita Pipe - which all work together to deliver a rich and memorable flavor. The key is the aging process however, a factor that Richard insists cannot be rushed. The packaging of the 35 is also quite unique. It is bottled in a bespoke crystal decanter, created by the artisans of Baccarat, the prestigious French crystal house. It was a fantastic evening of good company, interesting stories and extraordinary whiskies, and I give my thanks to The Dalmore for inviting me to attend.