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Dailuaine

In 1852, William Mackenzie founded Dailuaine Distillery. Dailuaine derives from the Scottish Gaelic ‘An dail uaine’ meaning ‘green valley’, named most probably for those elegant undulations of the Spey valley in which the Dailuaine whisky distillery lies.William had also been a farmer who worked in the Carron area. Following his death in 1865, William Mackenzie’s wife leased the distillery to a banker from Aberlour called James Fleming, who, with William’s son, formed Mackenzie and Company in 1879. Five years later an extensive rebuild commenced, leaving the distillery as one of Scotland’s largest. Another five years on and Charles Doig built Scotland’s first pagoda roof, which graced the distillery until it collapsed in 1917 after a menacing conflagration desecrated the buildings.

In 1898, Dailuaine-Talisker Distilleries Ltd was formed, the group included an Aberdeen based grain distillery, fellow Speysider Imperial, Dailuaine distillery and the Skye-based Talisker. In 1925, Distillers Company Limited acquired the company, latterly amalgamating with Diageo. Dailuaine also operates a dark grains plant, whose principal job being to convert draff into feed for cattle. The plant currently processes around 900 tonnes weekly. The bulk of single malt produced at the distillery is used for blending in Johnnie Walker. The spirit is filled at Cambus and then transported to Blackrange for maturation in the Diageo-owned warehouses. Single malt bottlings from Dailuaine are few and far between; there have been few independent bottlings and but a handful of official releases.

Dailuaine Whisky Distillery

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About Dailuaine Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 872500

Distillery Founded

1852

Distillery Capacity

3 370 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Carron, Banffshire AB38 7RE

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1852

The distillery is founded by William Mackenzie.

1865

William Mackenzie dies and his widow leases the distillery to James Fleming, a banker from Aberlour.

1879

William Mackenzie’s son forms Mackenzie and Company with Fleming.

1884

Rebuilding transforms the distillery into one of the largest in the Highlands.

1889

Charles Doig builds his and Scotland’s first pagoda roof on Dailuaine.

1891

Dailuaine-Glenlivet Distillery Ltd is founded.

1898

Dailuaine-Glenlivet Distillery Ltd merges with Talisker Distillery Ltd and forms Dailuaine-Talisker Distilleries Ltd. Imperial Distillery, built by Thomas Mackenzie the previous year, and a grain distillery in Aberdeen are also incorporated.

1915

Thomas Mackenzie dies without heirs.

1916

Dailuaine-Talisker Company Ltd is bought by the previous customers John Dewar & Sons, John Walker & Sons and James Buchanan & Co.

1917

A fire rages and the pagoda roof collapses. The distillery is forced to close.

1920

The distillery reopens.

1925

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over.

1960

Refurbishing. The stills increase from four to six and a Saladin box replaces the floor maltings.

1965

Indirect still heating through steam is installed.

1983

On-site maltings is closed down and malt is purchased centrally.

1991

The first official bottling, a 16 year old, is launched in the Flora & Fauna series.

1996

A 22 year old cask strength from 1973 is launched as a Rare Malt.

1997

A cask strength version of the 16 year old is launched.

2000

A 17 year old Manager´s Dram matured in sherry casks is launched.

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A Flora and Fauna official release from the Dailuaine distillery, a 16 year old single malt which has been sherry matured for thick fruitcake notes with winter spice, a great digestive.  More info
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$78.48
The first batch of Dailuaine from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Until recently, some of the condensers at Dailuaine were made of stainless steel rather than copper, which gave a sulphurous note to...  More info
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This is a medium-bodied, 1998 vintage Dailuaine from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was aged in refill sherry hogsheads, before bottling at 46%ABV - slightly higher than previous...  More info
$72.44
We're all a bit single minded when it comes to whisky. We all like what we think is good and sometimes we don't explore new expressions. Lucky for us, Douglas Laing are always bottling excellent...  More info
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A Beinn a'Cheò bottling of 16 year old Dailuiane single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask (#4237, in case you were wondering) and bottled at cask strength. 302 bottles were produced by the...  More info
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A Signatory bottling of 16 year old Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky from August 1997 and November 2013. It was bottled without...  More info
$67.16
Lovely Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky! You don't see a lot of their whiskies as single malts as most of it ends up in Johnnie Walker blends. This 15 year old expression matured in a bourbon...  More info
$107.66
The majority of Dailuaine’s output goes into the Johnnie Walker blends, but it is a fantastic single malt in its own right. This bottling from the Duncan Taylor Dimensions range offers a sweet...  More info
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$91.95
Dailuaine single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 12 years in a single refill butt. It was distilled in autumn 2001 and bottled in summer 2014 by the chaps at Douglas Laing for their Provenance range.  More info
$72.26
Single cask Dailuaine whisky, distilled in the summer of 2003 and left to mature in a sherry hogshead. 10 years later, we're being treated to a lovely Provenance bottling by Douglas Laing. Good work...  More info
$68.16
A bourbon barrel-matured Dailuaine, this is a single cask whisky distilled in April 1997, aged for 14 years and bottled in April of 2011. A release of 265 bottles.  More info
$98.36
This was distilled at Dailuaine in April 1997 and aged for 15 years in a single refill barrel before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in April 2012. A release of just 268 bottles.  More info
$101.44
Dailuaine distillery, hidden away on the Spey River, filled cask 10976 in August 1998. In August 2013, 15 years later, it became part of the Dimensions range for Duncan Taylor, a release of 312...  More info
$130.95
Popular as a single malt and also used frequently in top blends, Dailuaine whisky is an all-round excellent Speysider. This is an A. D. Rattray bottling of their single malt, which was distilled in...  More info
$118.78
The single malt produced at Dailuaine is used predominantly in Johnnie Walker blended whisky but is an exceptional example of a sherried Speyside whisky. This particular single cask bottling was...  More info
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$97.08
It's easy to get lost in the dark, but it's even easier to get lost in the Sherried goodness of this Darkness! bottling of Dailuaine single malt. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period...  More info
$113.28
This Dailuiane single malt isn't just limited, it's Strictly Limited! It was distilled in 1999 and bottled by Càrn Mòr 2013 with an outturn of 653 bottles.  More info
$80.73
A 15 year old Dailuaine bottled by Carn Mor for the UK market. It is taken from two casks, part of the Strictly Limited series.  More info
$76.57
It pays to be particular in the whisky world, which is why Douglas Laing's Old Particular collection is really rather spiffy. Speaking of things which contain a high proportion of spiffiness, this 16...  More info
$104.58
Meaty, rich, and (dare we use the 's' word) slightly sulphury - but in a good way. Aged for a good 15 years before bottling by Signatory in February 2013.  More info
$65.68
This is batch 0001 of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions release of Dailuaine, distilled in 1998 and aged for 14 years before bottling in August 2012. Lovely stuff.  More info
$93.23
Single cask Dailuaine aged for 15 years. Yummy and slightly less than the Diageo Standard bottling...  More info
$87.72
A Dailuaine 23 Year Old from Mackillop's Choice, distilled on 9 June 1988 and bottled in March 2012 from cask 3549.  More info
$144.70
This Dailuaine was distilled in April of 1997 and it was filled into casks 90561 and 90562. It was then aged for 12 years, during which time it was finished in Barolo red wine casks before bottling in...  More info
$67.93
A tasty 13 year old Dailuaine, distilled in August 1998 and bottled in January 2012 by Duncan Taylor who bottled it for their Dimensions range. This is Batch 0001.  More info
$55.22
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