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Dalmore sells £1 million Paterson Collection

The Dalmore Paterson Collection, which at £987,500 (about US$1.3m) is thought to be the world’s most expensive set of Scotch whiskies, has finally sold after spending more than four years on shelf.

The Dalmore Paterson Collection is thought to be the world’s most expensive collection of Scotch whiskies

Brand owner Whyte & Mackay has confirmed that the 12 individual bottles were purchased earlier this year by a “young Chinese collector”.

Launched in 2013, the range contains 12 rare whiskies that pay homage to the people who inspired master distiller Richard Paterson throughout his career, and is accompanied by a 200-page ledger detailing the distiller’s thought processes when crafting each variant.

Speaking to The Spirits Business in February this year, Paterson said he was “confident” the range would find a buyer.

This year Paterson celebrates his 50th anniversary in the Scotch whisky industry and recently completed his world tour to mark the occasion. Paterson led tastings and showcased rare Dalmore whiskies in cities including London, Las Vegas, Singapore and Paris.

At the start of this year, The Dalmore released an “exceptionally rare” Champagne-finished 50-year-old single malt in celebration of Paterson’s anniversary.

The Dalmore 50 is the result of a partnership with four luxury houses: Champagne house Domaine Henri Giraud, crystal manufacturer Baccarat, jewellery house Hamilton & Inches and bespoke furniture company Linley.

The liquid was matured in American white oak, matusalem oloroso Sherry casks from the Gonzalez Byass Bodega, and Port Colheita pipes from the Douro region of Portugal, before it was finished for 50 days in “rare” casks from Domaine Henri Giraud – one of the only Champagne houses still maturing its wines in casks.

Only 50 decanters of the special edition were released, and have now completely sold out.

“It has been absolute privilege for me to travel the world these past six months celebrating my milestone with friends and colleagues from the wider whisky industry who have helped shape my career to date,” commented Paterson.

He continued: “With all 50 bottles now sold and the sale of The Paterson Collection, which is truly a distillation of my life in the industry, this has drawn a perfect close to what has been a truly exceptional year in my life.”

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