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Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson
Location Highland region Northern district, Cromarty Firth
Water source River Alnes
Dalmore Distilling Equipment
Stainless steel mash tun.
8 Oregon pine washbacks
2 large and 2 small wash stills
2 large and 2 small spirit stills
Matured in first fill American bourbon and selected Oloroso sherry casks. Married together in sherry butts prior to bottling.
Dalmore Distillery, Alness,
Tel: +44 (0)1349 882362
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Dalmore Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Note.
Nose : Deep, malty, rich and fruity.
Palate : Medium to full bodied. Big rich fruit cake, marmalade and bitter chocolate.
Finish : Very long, rich and smooth.
Dalmore Highland Single Malt Whisky Distillery History
The distillery is located on the beautiful shoreline of the Cromarty Firth overlooking the Black Isle. Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson. A partner in the Hong Kong trading firm, Jardine Matheson & Co. this company at the time dealt in everything from tea to opium,
Distillation began with a single pair of stills, the distillery having acquired sole rights to draw its water from the River Alness; first the distillery was leased to the Sutherland family who handed over to Robert Pattison sometime during the 1860’s. The lease then quickly passed to the Mackenzie family who eventually took full ownership in 1891. Andrew Mackenzie was the driving force of the Mackenzie brothers and cheekily included the word Speyside in their sales pitch for Dalmore whisky. They added a second pair of stills in a separate stillhouse in 1874
A single branch railway line was used to connect the distillery with the main line at Alness station. This line allowed locally grown barley, peat and coal from the Fife collieries etc. to be delivered direct into the distillery. Also the pier at Belleport on the Cromarty Firth is part of the distillery, again this facility was used for shipments of barley, coals, coke and other stores to be unloaded directly from the steamers.
During World War 1 Dalmore’s warehouses were requisitioned by the Admiralty as a Sea mine- production factory, £1 million worth of maturing whisky was transferred to three other local distilleries. In 1920 the warehousing was returned to distillery use and the whisky was transferred back, evidently with not a single cask missing.
A Saladin box system of producing malt was installed in 1956 and continued to operate until 1981.The Mackenzies retained ownership until 1960 when the company merged with Whyte & Mackay forming the Dalmore-Whtye & Mackay Ltd. In 1966 the number of stills increased from 4 to 8.The Mackenzie connection is remembered on the Dalmore labels with the stag’s head emblem, of the Mackenzie clan
In 1996 ownership briefly transferred to JBB (Greater Europe) then in 2001 returned to Whyte & Mackay. Dalmore’s whisky is used in all Whyte & Mackay blended whiskies.
The essential process of distillation is carried out in the highly burnished copper stills, crafted by local coppersmiths and unique to The Dalmore, having a distinctive chunky shape. There are four pairs of stills, the latter four dating from 1966. The upper parts of the 1874 stills have survived and are still in use today. They create an unusual still outline, by having parallel sides instead of the customary tapering swan-neck. Also running water is fed over the outside of the still necks to cool the stills
The Dalmore property covers 25 acres; majority of the space is taken up with the warehouses where the spirit matures. There are about 100,000 casks on site.
Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
12 Year Old
15 Year Old
18 Year Old
21 Year Old
40 Year Old
20 Year Old cask expression (available Distillery only)
Black Pearl and Black Isle (Duty Free Retail only)
Stillman’s 30 Year Old (USA only)
Rivers Collection-The Dee-The Spey-The Tay-The Tweed
Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Vintage
Limited Edition Bottlings.
Collection- Aurora – Candela – Castle Leod – The Cromartie -The Mackenzie
Constellations Single Cask Vintages- 1964-1966-1969(2)-1971-1972-1973-1976-1978-1979-1980(2) 1981(2) -1983-1989-1990-1991(2)-1992
1973 Gonzalez Byass sherry cask finish
50 year old
62 Year old
Vintages 1966,1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 Amoroso, 1981 Maluselam, 1990
Dalmore Trinitas 64 The worlds most Expensive Whisky (2010)
Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Provenance (Douglas Laing)