The Dalmore has unveiled a 33 Year Old single cask whisky, which it will sell as 223 NFT bottles. The Highland distillery partnered with Block Bar to release the bottles, marking the first time the brand has sold entire cask via the online platform.
The Dalmore Limited Edition Paulliac Premier Grand Cru Classé Cask Finish – Aged 33 Years was laid down in 1989 and finished in an exclusive Premier Grand Cru Classé wine barrique from the esteemed AOC of Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux. At this moment, the Scotch still sits in the cask, but it will be bottled in early September, and the physical bottles will be ready to collect in late December 2022.
On the nose, the whisky offers aromas of warm Manuka honey, rich forest fruits, cacao, and brioche. The palate delivers layers of cassis and blackberries complimented with rich citrus, marzipan, liquorice, and soft spices. The finish features caramelized pecans, old English marmalade, ginger cake, and rich roasted Colombian coffee nuances.
“Following the success of our first NFT-backed bottle with Block Bar last November, we are pleased to exclusively release 223 bottles of this exceptional 33-year-old whisky,” said Gerry Tosh, private client director, The Dalmore. “The Dalmore offers some of Scotland’s most rare and precious whisky stocks, remarkable in their desirability to collectors, investors and drinkers alike and this bottle is no exception. It takes artistry to craft each bottle of The Dalmore and so it is our pleasure to invite the first 10 buyers of this special single malt to experience the home of our whisky.”
The NFT acts as a digital receipt that verifies the buyer’s ownership of the bottle, plus its authenticity. Each bottle will be stored at Block Bar’s facility in Singapore until the buyer chooses to redeem the bottle. The cryptographic version will be held by blockbar.com, with a record of authenticity held on the blockchain as a digital certificate of ownership. The buyer can choose to keep the NFT in their ‘digital bar’, gift it, or redeem the physical product, which will then be delivered from the storage facility. The NFT can also be traded on the blockbar.com marketplace.
“By purchasing The Dalmore 33 Years Old Vintage on Block Bar, owners will have the rare chance to attend a celebratory bottling event at a venue chosen by the community anywhere in the world,” explained Dov Falic, co-founder and CEO of Block Bar. “This is not something you would have the chance to experience with a regular whisky purchase, let alone the fact that this is an exceptionally rare bottle in the first place. It’s something we’re extremely excited to offer in collaboration with The Dalmore.”
On Tuesday, March 29, the first 10 bottles of The Dalmore 33 Years Old will be made available to existing Block Bar NFT holders via a lottery on blockbar.com. Each bottle will be priced at US$8,800. The 10 buyers will be invited on an exclusive VIP experience at the Highland distillery, which will include paid-for flights.
Pre-sale registration, also called the blocklist, for the remaining 213 bottles will open on March 30 for 48 hours, when the general public will be able to sign up ahead of the NFT release on April 5.
For more information, head over to BlockBar.
Earlier this month, Buffalo Trace Distillery teamed up with Block Bar to release a six-liter vintage 1982 OFC Bourbon. In January, Patrón teamed up with BlockBar to launch its first-ever NFT, unlocking a bottle of the limited-edition Patrón Chairman’s Reserve. Hennessy also launched its first-ever NFTs in partnership with BlockBar, featuring Hennessy 8, a Cognac blend crafted to honor a time of transition.