What happens when you bring together one of the worldâ€™s most revered scotch whisky makers and the worldâ€™s best chef together? Well, the combination of The Dalmore and Chef Massimo Bottura (pic above right) has resulted in the creation of a one of a kind scotch whisky bottling, The Dalmore Lâ€™Anima Aged 49 Years. This is Botturaâ€™s first foray into spirits.
The expertly crafted single malt whisky is a celebration of the shared respect for tradition and innovation that unites the pair. The Dalmore Lâ€™Anima, Aged 49 Years (â€˜Lâ€™Anima meaning â€œsoulâ€ in Italian), is a unique single malt, created from three unique assemblages which were brought together by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson (pic above left) using some of the distilleryâ€™s most exquisite casks.
The rare and aged bottling was auctioned at Sothebyâ€™s in an online sale in Spring 2019, running from 25 April to 9 May, with all proceeds benefiting Botturaâ€™s non-profit organization,Food For Soul, which empowers communities to fight food waste through social inclusion.
An exclusive one of a kind bottling and manifestation of each maverickâ€™s unique skill set, The Dalmore Lâ€™Anima was inspired by Bottura and Patersonâ€™s conversations and shared creativity. Paterson selected whiskies embodying the chocolate orange profile which The Dalmore is known for, while layering with flavors reminiscent of Botturaâ€™s kitchen and beloved Italian produce.
â€œWhen Master Distiller Richard Paterson and I met in Modena, it was a true meeting of the minds,â€ Bottura explains. â€œOur creative processes seamlessly fused together with our passion and deep understanding of flavor complexity and connection to create a very special bottle that brings together some of the most precious scotch whisky barrels in the world.â€
On the nose, the single malt has exotic aromas of sun-kissed raisins, bitter chocolate and old English marmalade; to taste, hints of freshly brewed Java coffee, Demerara sugar, pecan pie and crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e, while Sanguinello blood oranges linger on the after taste alongside rich treacle and succulent figs.
This natural strength whisky (41.5% ABV) will be elegantly held in a crystal decanter featuring a sterling silver collar accompanied by a stopper, a silver stag, and sophisticated engraving. It will be presented in a luxurious bespoke, handcrafted cabinet made from Italian Olive Wood, American Black Walnut and solid Ebony by expert Scottish craftsman John Galvin.
The Dalmore Lâ€™Anima is accompanied by a dinner for two at Massimo Botturaâ€™s Osteria Francescana, Modena. This onceâ€“inâ€“a-lifetime lot will be offered by Sothebyâ€™s with no reserve.