In celebration of Frieze Week (11th – 15th October 2023), six of Mayfair’s most revered venues will be offering limited-edition cocktails inspired by the festival’s sensibilities, in collaboration with The Dalmore.
About The Dalmore
Founded in 1839 on the banks of the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, the Dalmore has been making masterpieces of whisky for over 180 years. The 12-point silver stag which proudly adorns each bottle was bestowed upon the first chieftain of Clan Mackenzie in 1263 by King Alexander III of Scotland. The stag became the whisky’s emblem when descendants of the clan took over the distillery in 1878.
The Dalmore distillery’s collection of idiosyncratic stills creates a New Make spirit of unique character and depth – robust and fruity, particularly well-suited to longer and more complex maturation. This allows renowned Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass and his team to develop spirit over longer periods, continuing a tradition of visionary whisky-making as they fully express their art using rare casks from some of the world’s finest wineries and bodegas.
Curated Excellence: The Dalmore’s Epicurean Voyage
Teams of mixologists from The Berkeley Hotel, Brown’s Hotel, Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Dorchester, and sketch present exquisitely executed expressions of creativity and craftsmanship in liquid form.
Each serve a masterful statement of originality and imagination, the carefully curated cocktails pay homage to the eclectic and stunning art that each location plays host to. Art aficionados and fine liquor connoisseurs alike are encouraged to join The Dalmore for a journey of discovery; taking the time to savour the experience of each outstanding serve throughout Frieze Week and beyond.
The collection of cocktails has been created to celebrate The Dalmore’s sponsorship of Frieze’s West End Galleries Night at No. 9 Cork Street, which sees special presentations from celebrated artists Wanda Koop and Kenny Rivero, alongside a group exhibition conceived by renowned Australian artist Tony Albert and curator Jenn Ellis, presented to London audiences on 12th October 2023.
The Dalmore Creations in depth
Berkeley Bar at The Berkeley: Highland Fizz
Inspired by the female faces that peer out from the Berkeley Bar’s pink-hued wall mural, Highland Fizz will delight cocktail connoisseurs with its combination of Dalmore 12-Year-Old, Drambuie, Agave, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and soda water, creating its own hue that effortlessly complements the art on the wall.
Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel: The Kingsley
Inspired by one of the iconic portraits of Kingsley Amis that proudly hangs in the Donovan Bar, The Kingsley pays homage to the Vesper – 007’s drink of choice – with a nod to Scotch, what Bond drinks the most throughout Amis’ novels. Using Dalmore 12-Year-Old, Bordeaux Coffee Liqueur, and Pedro Ximenez, topped up with tonic water to reference the quinine in the Lillet originally used for the Vesper martini, this serve makes a bold statement.
The Painters’ Room at Claridge’s: Taste of Courage
Dedicated to the stained-glass art display opposite the bar, Taste of Courage uses Dalmore 12-Year-Old, Barolo Chinato, Tempus Fugit Cacao, Mr Black and Amaro Averna to create a serve that’s as striking and intricate as its inspiration.
Red Room at The Connaught: SILENCE
Dedicated to the “Silence” fountain at the entrance of The Connaught – a TADAO ANDO art piece – this imaginative serve includes Hazelnut Liqueur, Fino Sherry, and Hazelnut & Grapefruit Soda, artfully mixed with The Dalmore 12-Year-Old.
Artists’ Bar at The Dorchester: The Hidden Tree
Demanding as much attention as the striking painting of a solitary Cherry Blossom tree that calls the Artists’ Bar home, The Hidden Tree cocktail is rooted with tradition. Dalmore Port Wood infused with Black Cherry is mixed with Lapsang maraschino, Bitter Fusetti and vanilla cordial, served elegantly in an old-fashioned glass.
Complementing the glass used in Lasvit’s installation within sketch, HERBARIUM artfully pairs The Dalmore 12-Year-Old with pineapple and mango syrup-infused Perique Liqueur. Bringing together the nature at the heart of the installation, the drink is beautifully presented with a skeleton leaf that has taken a journey of its own to become mesmerisingly translucent.
The Dalmore’s ‘Masterpiece Of Tomorrow’ – A Cutting-Edge Digital Art Exhibition By Xin Liu & Nan Zhao
In collaboration with Artnet and FLANNELS X, The Dalmore will present an all-new innovative digital art experience. Art and whisky lovers will have the opportunity to explore this immersive exhibition for free over the weekend leading up to Frieze London.
“Lycorises Reverie” by rising artist and engineer, Xin Liu with Nan Zhao, marks the inaugural installment of The Dalmore’s “Masterpiece of Tomorrow” series, inspired by its own longstanding mission to make masterpieces of single malt whisky. This captivating exhibition will be displayed in the immersive space of FLANNELS X London from 6th to 8th October 2023.
Working also in collaboration with Nan Zhao, the 360-degree digital art journey is inspired by the essence of whisky making artistry. This theme resonates with The Dalmore’s own journey through the whisky-making process, highlighting the enduring beauty of nature’s perpetual transformation.
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