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Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

Dalwhinnie Malt Whisky Distillery History

The Dalwhinnie distillery is the highest in altitude of the Scottish distilleries at, 1057 feet above sea-level, the pure abundant water from the Lochan an Doirre-uaine high in the mountains, an ample supply of peat, and good communications by road and rail, were deciding factors in building the distillery at Dalwhinnie in 1898.The distillery was founded by a partnership of: John Grant (solicitor) Alex Mackenzie, who designed the distillery and George Sellar (Grocer).


However, they had formed the Strathspey Distillery, as it was first called, at the end of the 1890’s speculative boom in the industry and only months after it first began production, sever recession hit the whisky market and the company went into liquidation.


Shortly afterwards AP Blyth, acquired the rights to the distillery He changed the distillery name to Dalwhinnie and called in the renowned distillery architect, Charles Doig of Elgin, to improve the building and equipment.


In February 1905, AP Blyth & Son sold Dalwhinnie for £1250 to Cook & Bernheimer of New York and Baltimore, at that time the largest distillers in the United States.


Following the introduction of prohibition in the US (1920) the Dalwhinnie Distillery was sold to Macdonald Greenlees & Williams Ltd of Leith, who in turn sold it to the Distillers Company Ltd in 1926.


From 1930 Dalwhinnie was operated under the DCL subsidiary, Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd., now part of United Distillers & Vintners


In the early 1930's Dalwhinnie was still untouched by many of the services of the 20th Century. There were no telephone and electricity connections in the village, parafin lamps illuminated the distillery and equipment was powered by steam engines. However in 1934, a severe fire caused extensive damage. The distillery was rebuilt and refitted, and opened in 1938, only to shut down again during the Second World War as a result of Government restrictions to conserve barley for food supplies.


Dalwhinnie was refitted again in the 1960's and the malt barns were converted to warehousing in 1979. British Rail closed the private railway siding in 1979, and a new stretch of the A9 bypassed the village and the distillery.


In 1992 the distillery closed for a £3.2 million refurbishment, re-opening in March 1995, and now employs 6 people in the production of the "gentle Spirit".

Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie,


PH19 1AB

Tel: +44 (0)1528 522240


Dalwhinnie Distillery Visitor Centre Information

Contact +44 (0)1528 522208


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Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings


Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old

Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition Double Matured Oloroso Finish


Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 year old

Distillery tasting notes supplied by Diageo


One of the highest of all Highland distilleries, Dalwhinnie produces a welcomingly gentle spirit that's full of character.


Strength: 43% ABV

Appearance: Gold.


Nose: A big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat.


Body: Light to medium.


Palate: Smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread.


Finish: Long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt.


Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillers Edition 1985

Lovers of Dalwhinnieª will appreciate the way the fragrance of Oloroso sherry overlays, but does not mask, the heather honey distillery notes.

Strength: 43% ABV

Appearance: Golden.

Palate: A sweetness on the lips, moving to well-defined malt cask-wood flavours.

Finish: Rich, longer than usual, honey finish with hints of sweet oak.


Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Special Release Distillery Bottlings

Dalwhinnie  36 year old 1966 released 2002 - 47.2% abv

1500 bottles

Dalwhinnie  29 year old 1973 released 2003 - 57.8% abv

5220 bottles

Dalwhinnie  20 year old 1986 released 2006 - 56.8% abv

4200 bottles


Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings


Gordon & MacPhail

Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Delicate, floral, grass, slightest trace of peat.


Palate:Very smooth, heather, honey, slightly grassy, barley sugar.


Finish: Incredibly long complex finish.

Founded in 1898 by John Grant and Alex Mackenzie

Location Speyside region Southern district.

Water source Loch an Doirre-uaine


Dalwhinnie Distilling Equipment.

Stainless steel mash tun

1 Oregon pine and 5 Siberian pine washbacks

2 large onion shaped pot stills.

Traditional copper worm condensers

Matured in American oak bourbon casks.

Some whisky finished in Oloroso sherry casks