Dalmore Distillery has just launched its newest malt, the Dalmore Mackenzie, in a solemn ceremony beneath the shadow Benjamin West’s famous painting, Fury of the Stag.
A limited run of only 3,000 bottles has been released to mark a new era in the distillery’s long affiliation with The Mackenzie Clan and to help raise funds to refurbish its ancestral seat, the famous Castle Leod.
The family which has owned The Dalmore distillery for almost a century has both lent its motto, ‘I shine not burn’ , to the brand and provided inspiration for The Dalmore’s iconic stag head logo.
The new launch celebrates the Mackenzie ancestor who saved King Alexander III from being gored to death by a stag back in 1263 – as depicted in the painting which was also projected onto the facade of Edinburgh’s National Gallery to mark the momentous occasion.
Dalmore’s master distiller Richard Paterson who has been nurturing casks at The Dalmore for some four decades, rose to his new challenge with aplomb. Each limited edition bottle is individually numbered and adorned with the iconic stag motif – formed in molten metal.
And in addition, all purchasers are entitled to claim a limited edition print of the famous painting – signed by the clan chief, The Earl of Cromartie, himself!