By Chloe Rickert
The product of a partnership between Chef Daniel Boulud and The Dalmore’s Master Distiller Richard Paterson was previously only available at Chef Boulud’s six New York City restaurants: DANIEL, Café Boulud, Boulud Sud, db Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud, and DBGB Kitchen & Bar. The team spent almost a year matching the unique tipple to Chef Boulud’s distinct flavor profiles and menus and today, due to its popularity in NYC’s discerning culinary scene, lands on the shelves of America’s finest liquor retailers.
Hailing from Lyon, in a country known for its love of scotch whisky, Chef Boulud sought to add a personal signature drink to the dining experience of his customers, and did so with the help of Richard Paterson, a third-generation Master Blender at The Dalmore since 1970.
“It was important to be able to work with Richard and collaborate in detail to create a whisky specific to the taste profile of my cuisine. Much like creating one of my dishes, the creation of a single malt is an artisanal craft which takes expertise and time. It is an art, and in this way, has parallels with the world of fine cuisine,” said Boulud.
Crafting exceptional single malt whisky since 1839, The Dalmore distillery is home to some of the oldest and rarest stocks of any Highland distillery. Paterson expertly identified ten cask samples from The Dalmore that complemented Boulud’s flavors and before touching down in New York City in order to finalize the singular scotch; a unique assemblage of aged stocks drawn from Muscatel, Madeira, and Port wine casks.
“After years maturing in American White Oak, the whisky is finished in a variety of different wine casks, adding complex flavors and nuances to the whisky’s flavor profile.” explained Paterson. “Although I have crafted many different expressions at The Dalmore distillery, this is the first single malt whisky that I have ever created using these three woods.”
Paterson’s innovation paid off as well, lending this The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud a nose of tarte tatin, oranges, pralines and crushed almonds and an elegant yet passionate body brimming with flavors of dark chocolate, plums, mocha, and pear.
Bottled at 44% alcohol by volume, The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud is priced at about $200 and can be purchased both online and in stores.