World’s First Constellation Collection Sold to US Buyer – Scotch Whisky News
World’s First Constellation Collection Sold to US Buyer
The world’s first Dalmore Constellation Collection has been sold through The Whisky Shop in the UK to a US based investor.
Mahesh Patel, 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 individual whiskies created at the Highland distillery between the years 1964 and 1992. They have spent their lives finessing in the finest casks from around the world before being 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. Only 9 full set collections will be available and showcased in iconic cities across 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.
The sale of the collection comes on the back of the news that The Dalmore is the fastest growing malt whisky in the world amongst the top 25 global malt brands, as verified by the IWSR (International Wine & Spirits Research), and is rated the top investment whisky by independent authority Whisky Highland.
“The Dalmore is up there with the best when it comes to quality, rarity and investment – and of course taste.
“I’m a big fan and I am delighted to get the set inscribed with my lucky number 13, and that is why I bought it from The Whisky Shop. The Constellation will have pride of place in my collection.”
Andrew Torrance, Managing Director, The Whisky Shop:
“The creation and sale of this prestigious collection shows that whisky goes from strength to strength. We have seen sales increase in the last year, and in a really tough economic climate. And premium bottlings like this have grown in our stores.”
Dating back to the days of King Alexander III, The Dalmore gained its iconic 12-point stag emblem in 1263 when one of the Mackenzie clan saved the king from being gored by a stag.
Unlike other whiskies The Dalmore is produced in very limited quantities. Due to the distinctive distillation process no two batches will be exactly the same, ensuring that each release of the The Dalmore is unique.
A bottle of The Dalmore 62 Sinclair sold last year in Changi Airport, Singapore, for £125,000, making it the most expensive bottle ever sold in retail. The first whisky to break the six figure barrier, The Dalmore Trinitas, was launched in 2010 with only three bottles made available. Two were sold for £100,000 and the final bottle was acquired by Harrods and subsequently sold for £120,000 within 6 months of launch.
In the last two years The Dalmore has sold a number of rare and precious whiskies in record time. Dalmore’s Sirius peaked at £10,000 a bottle, and with only 12 available worldwide in 2009, the bottles sold out in four days and now change hands for twice that price.