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Dalmore collaborates with world’s best chef on exclusive bottling

Scotch whisky The Dalmore has collaborated with top Italian chef Massimo Bottura, to present a one-off 49 year-old malt that will be sold to benefit charitable causes.

The Dalmore ‘L’Anima’ (‘soul’ in Italian) is a blend sourced from some of the distillery’s “most exquisite” ex-Bourbon, Sherry and Port casks to create just one, single bottle.

It is the first foray into spirits by Bottura, the chef behind Osteria Francescana in Modena.

He said: “When Master Distiller Richard Paterson and I met in Modena, it was a true meeting of the minds. Our creative processes seamlessly fused together with our passion and deep understanding of flavour complexity and connection to create a very special bottle that brings together some of the most precious scotch whisky barrels in the world.”

Bottled at 41.5% ABV, the whisky is housed in a crystal decanter featuring sterling silver stag’s head and which in turn will be presented in a handmade cabinet made from Italian olive wood, American black walnut and ebony by Scottish craftsman John Galvin.

The decanter will be offered by Sotheby’s as part of its spring online auction which runs from 25 April to 9 May.

The decanter will be offered with no reserve but Sotheby’s expects it to realise around £65,000 and the successful bidder will also be invite for a dinner for two at Osteria Francescana.

All proceeds from the sale will go towards the charity ‘Food for Soul’, a non-profit organisation founded by Bottura to help communities fight against food waste by offering meals to poor and vulnerable people around them.

Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine, said: “We are excited to partner with The Dalmore and Massimo Bottura to offer this unique bottle, that only one person in the world will possess, treasure and enjoy. With the No Reserve format, we anticipate lively bidding from the moment the auction opens on 25 April and look forward to helping raise important funds for Food For Soul, with the announcement of the final price on 9 May.”

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