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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam Opens Vault on Rare Whiskeys

Connoisseurs will find these treasures worth the distance in travel

The Vault Bar at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has opened its doors for an extraordinary whisky premiere. The bar, housed in a former bank vault, has been unlocked to present the world’s most exclusive single malt Scottish whiskies: the superior and extremely rare The Dalmore 40YO 42% ABV and Port Ellen 39 years Untold Stories.

Due to its sought-after yet scarce nature, the collection is normally restricted to whisky collectors and investors only. Yet at the Vault Bar, these exceptional whiskies are now served by the glass. A unique opportunity for connoisseurs and enthusiasts to enjoy this rare, aged single malt Scottish whisky in a fitting ambiance.

The Dalmore Flagship

The scarce aged whiskies are between 25 and 50 years old and hail from the oldest collection in the Scottish Highlands. The very finest whisky in its collection is The Dalmore 40YO 42% ABV. A great masterpiece according to Richard Paterson, a world-renowned Master Blender and “nose” of The Dalmore, describing it as “A tapestry of tantalizing delight!” The particular maturation in its unique barrels gives this extraordinarily smooth whisky its many complex layers.

For those not (yet) ready for this exclusive 40-year-old Dalmore, there are appealing alternatives, such as a Dalmore whisky flight (70 euro), containing a 12YO, cigar malt & King Alexander III. There is also opportunity to book a private masterclass, including a whisky flight and food pairing.

Port Ellen Untold Stories

Port Ellen Promise

Port Ellen is the product of a “ghost distillery,” or a distillery that has ceased to produce and therefore offers an increasingly rare collection of whiskies. This legendary distillery on the Scottish island of Islay created its last whisky in 1983. Well known amongst enthusiasts, collectors and investors, Port Ellen whisky continues to grow in demand as its supply diminishes. Their Untold Stories collection is one of their most exclusive, using a masterful technique in which the fluids are separated after distilling. With only 1500 bottles available worldwide, connoisseurs will recognize Port Ellen 39 years Untold Stories as a complex single malt whisky, both lively and elegant. The Vault Bar was able to secure three of the last bottles on earth. This whisky’s packaging is that of a vault, only able to be unlocked by two unique keys.

The Vault Bar has created the perfect ambiance to experience The Dalmore 40YO 42% ABV or Port Ellen 39 years Untold Stories. These unique whiskies can be relished by the glass while this exclusive stock lasts.