Dalmore has just released its limited edition single malt: The Dalmore Mackenzie, inspired by Benjamin`s West`s infamous `Fury of The Stag` painting. The picture denotes when the head of the clan saved King Alexander III from being gored to death by a stag in 1263, handing the family the rights to the royal crest. To this day, a stag adorns each bottle of Dalmore, including the new Mackenzie.
The launch marks the Dalmore distillery`s long affiliation with The Mackenzie Clan and a re-establishment of their partnership. The Mackenzie family have been the historic owners of the Dalmore distillery for almost century, and have resided in Strathpeffer, Easter Ross for centuries.
This partnership aims to protect Castle Leod, home to the Earl of Cromartie, head of the clan and spiritual home to all of the clan. Each limited edition bottle of Dalmore Mackenzie comes complete with an exclusive print of `The Fury of The Stag` painting, which can be signed by the Earl himself. The Dalmore`s Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, certifies that `Whether you are a Mackenzie or not, with only 3,000 bottles available globally, this is your chance to own a little piece of Scottish history.`
It is made from spirit distilled in 1992 and held in American white oak casks for some 11 years, the Dalmore Mackenzie`s natural soft amber red hue links the colour of the whisky to the blood of the injured stag. Bottled at 46% abv, the Mackenzie is a commanding and courageous fit for all aristocracy and proffers hints of vanilla, red fruits and spices, as well as the brand`s classic signature citrus orange.
The Dalmore Mackenzie can be purchased from all good independent whisky specialists for £100 (RSP) including The Whisky Exchange, Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Shop chain, Selfridges, Harrods, all good bars and of course at the Dalmore Distillery Visitor Centre (www.thedalmore.com).
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