The Dalmore Constellation hits the Marque
I remember attending the unveiling of The Constellation Collection at our own downtown Spec’s in Houston, just waiting to get a glimpse of this beautiful rare assortment of single malt whiskies from the iconic Dalmore Distillery. The collection boasts 21 single cask whiskies created between the years 1964 and 1992, each with their own unique style and bottled at cask strength. Presented in handblown crystal decanters, each bottle is engraved by hand and features a solid silver stag. With the bottles pricing from $3,000 – $36,000 individually (yes, each), never did I imagine the opportunity to have a taste of even one.
Enter, The Marque.
The Marque from the Houston Motor Club is where cigars and fine spirits find supreme luxury. Everywhere you look, luxury is seen. From the ornate decor that would remind you of Vegas, to the exclusive collection of rare and aged cigars made available by Jonathan Fiant in the humidor. This fine humidor may be found in the private cigar bar and lounge for members and invited guests of members. During my visit, it was a delight to see just how many rare and fun treats Jonathan has hidden away in the humidor. And all of these “blasts from the past” and limited run cigars are available to members to be smoked and enjoyed as they were designed. After all, collections are meant to be enjoyed and not just watched.
I was honored to be invited into this private tasting with David Robertson and Trent Roberts of Dalmore. As we prepared for the tasting to begin we were given a taste of the 1978 Constellation- so wonderful with tastes of orange zest, honey, vanilla and floral notes. I fell in love with this one and already found myself ready for a cigar; an Epernay from Illusione came to mind.
After some light conversation we were seated and ready for the formal tasting, which began with some familiar favorites: The Dalmore Bourdeaux Finesse bottled exclusively for Spec’s, The Cigar Malt Reserve, The 18, and the King Alexander III. This was only the beginning, and a fine one indeed.
After a generous tasting of these fine whiskies, along with a few delicious bites to compliment, we were prepared for the Constellation tasting. Here, we would be experiencing the 1990 and 1981 cask #3 expressions.
The 1990 Constellation ($4,500 – $5,000 estimated bottle price)
Baked apple, honey, pear and vanilla come together in this nose of this lovely whisky. The 1990 expression has been aged for 19 years in American White Oak and 2 years in Matusalem Oloroso Sherry Butt from Spain.
The 1981, Cask #3, Constellation ($6,700 estimated bottle price)
With a darker, rich amber and golden hue, tastes of lavender, chocolate mousse, orange peel, and sandalwood are prominent with a welcoming and warming spice. The 1981 Cask #3 expression has been aged for 25 years in American White Oak and 5 years in Matusalem Oloroso Sherry Butt.
Throughout the tasting we are encouraged to remember history, to recall the events and people marked by these years and throughout the time the whisky had been aging. Each expression is so very unique and has a story. Some stories are known such as world events, and others, more personal, remain only with those who were there. Never the less, this spirits are alive today, as rare as they are, and are ready to be enjoyed.
Thank you to everyone at the Marque and Dalmore for this incredible experience and hospitality!