A Marriage of Flavours in the Dalmore L'Anima

The Dalmore has teamed up with Michelin star Italian chef Massimo Bottura to create this rare single malt whiskey.
Sunday 3 March 2019
Michelin star chef Massimo Bottura has collaborated with The Dalmore. Photo: AFP

When the best food and drink are paired together, the results are mouth-watering. And there’s no better way to enhance this combination than with a rare single malt whiskey created by a world renowned chef and an established Scottish whiskey distillery like The Dalmore.

The Dalmore L’Anima Aged 49 Years is the creation of Massimo Bottura and Dalmore Master Distiller Richard Paterson. The word anima means soul in Italian. According to Scotch Whisky magazine, the single malt Scotch is a marriage of Dalmore whiskies matured in ex-bourbon barrels, Gonzalez Byass Sherry casks (which previously held 40-year-old Pedro Ximenez Sherry) and Graham’s vintage Port pipes.

Bottura’s Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana is the current chart-topper on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking and holds three Michelin stars. The 56-year-old chef and his restaurant have also been featured in Netflix’s Chef’s Table series and in the web televison series Master of None.

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Bottura hard at work at the Once Upon a Kitchen event in New York City. Photo: AFP

On the nose, the whiskey is described as having notes of raisins, bitter chocolate, old English marmalade. Those give way to coffee, demerara sugar, pecan pie and crème brulee on the palate, before finishing on notes of treacle and figs. The amber liquid is presented in a crystal decanter, which is housed in a box handcrafted in Italian olive wood, American black walnut and solid ebony cabinet.

The bottle will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in an online sale between 25 April – 9 May. All proceeds will go towards Bottura’s non-profit organisation Food for Soul, soup kitchens which feed the homeless using surplus ingredients collected from grocery stores and food suppliers in cities like London, Paris, Milan and Rio de Janeiro.

Source: AFPRelax News

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