Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblair’s base spirit.
Mahesh Patel (pictured), an American entrepreneur and property developer, purchased the 21 bottles for £158,000 to add to his already considerable collection estimated to be worth $2 million. This includes the Dalmore Trinitas, which was the first bottle of whisky to sell for a six figure sum in 2010.
Patel has purchased set 13 as it’s his lucky number.
The Dalmore Constellation Collection consists of 21 whiskies created at the Highland distillery between the years 1964 and 1992. They have been bottled at natural cask strength and at natural colour.
Prices range from £2,000 for a bottle of Vintage 1992 up to £20,000 RSP for a bottle of the Vintage 1964. Nine full set collections will be available and showcased in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Moscow, Miami, New York, LA, Berlin, Hong Kong and Edinburgh.
The Whisky Shop is the first high street retailer in the world to stock the Dalmore collection.