With winter having arrived in the UK, bringing with it the first snow of the season, it makes sense that one of Scotland’s leading single malt brands is looking to make headlines ahead of Christmas. The first Dalmore Whisky NFT has been announced, celebrating 180-years of the distillery.
The idea centres on a brand new offering from the company. The Dalmore Decades No.4 Collection comprises four rare bottles of the good stuff from 1979, 1980, 1995, and 2000. These account for the oldest drink Dalmore has, through to the first of the new millennium. Each was hand-selected by Master Distiller Richard Paterson.
One lucky person can buy the lot through BlockBar, and in turn unlock some special NFT experiences. These include a private visit to the distillery. According to the information we have, the offering has been valued at $137,700. Not only will the final owner get to keep these ultra-exclusive bottles and enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences, but they will also be presented with the stories behind each of the drinks.
With that in mind, The Dalmore whisky NFT project is a great example of a heritage brand tapping into contemporary crypto trend. Anyone interested should note, the sale will begin on 7th December 2021 at 10 AM EST, and a lottery mechanic will be used. In addition, a pre-auction lobby will open 30 minutes before the sale starts. In order to enter, potential buyers must have ETH in their metamask wallet.
How About Those Whisky Bottles?
You might be wondering why four bottles of whisky and one NFT are valued so high. Simply put, these are no normal bottles of The Dalmore. First up, the 1979 edition has been chosen for the use of Matusalem Oloroso sherry cask to mature, and the Graham’s Port Vintage 1952 cask that finished the job. The result is a flavoursome single malt with pistachio, sultana, maple, pineapple, and date notes.
Secondly, we have 1980’s edition. This was the bottle that marked the arrival of Richard Paterson at The Dalmore distillery, so it’s no surprise he picked it out. 40 years on, the flavours gifted from Matusalem sherry and bourbon casks have had plenty of time to come of age. Expect bitter chocolate, marzipan, and cocoa nuances.
The third in the collection is from 1995. Again, ex-Bourbon casks were used here. However, Tintilla de Rota port pipes also have plenty to answer for. Finally, we have the 2000 bottle, which was born at 12.02 AM on Saturday 1st January 2000. Notably, this has also spent its entire life in a Matusalem Oloroso sherry butt. As such it is entirely unique for the distillery.
Before The Dalmore Whisky NFT
While the idea of selling alcohol through NFT tech might sound surprising, those involved in the concept are confident demand will be high. The Dalmore No.6 Collection, which preceded this lot, sold in October through Sotheby’s Hong Kong.
Basically, that auction broke records on a number of levels, with the final buyer paying $1.1million US for the collection. This is now the highest value whisky sale the auction house has achieved in Asia. Meanwhile, it’s also the most expensive whisky sale of 2021. Of course, The Dalmore isn’t alone in making alcohol-related NFTs. In August, Bacardi dropped a token collection to support Black-owned businesses. Meanwhile, Venezuelan rum giant Ron Carúpano sold bottles as non-fungibles later in summer.