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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 rare old bottling from Gordon and MacPhail which was distilled at Dailuaine in 1974 and bottled in 2000.  More info
$193.13
An 11 year old Dailuaine from Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This was distilled in Spring 2000 and aged in a sherry butt before bottling in Winter 2012. Lovely stuff.  More info
$65.44
This was distilled at the Dailuaine distillery on the 12th August 1997. It was then aged for 14 years in a brace of hogsheads before finally being bottled on the 12 August 2011. A release of 739...  More info
$60.45
This twelve year old Dailuaine was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles...  More info
$34.73
A truly staggering 40 year old single cask Dailuaine, distilled in December of 1971 and aged in refill hogshead 8195 before bottling in February 2012 for Douglas Laing's Director's Cut range. A...  More info
$294.41
An astounding old Dailuaine from Carn Mor's stellar Celebration of the Cask series, this was distilled in early 1983 before a 29 year maturation in a single hogshead. It was bottled at natural cask...  More info
$189.37
A 27 year old single cask whisky from Dailuaine. This was distilled on the 2nd November 1983, aged in refill sherry hogshead number 4320 before bottling by Ana Na H-Alba on the 7th October 2011. This...  More info
This is a 10 year old sherry cask Dailuaine bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range of whiskies.  More info
$58.72
A Speyside single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Connoisseur's Choice range, this 1993 vintage from the Dailuaine distillery has been matured in refill sherry hogsheads.  More info
This was distilled at the Dailuaine distillery on the 26th March 1997 and matured in single hogshead number 4231 for 12 years before bottling on the 16th September 2009. A release of just 384 bottles.  More info
A second fill sherry matured Dailuaine, this was distilled in October 1994 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in April 2009.  More info
A release of 276 bottles of single cask Dailuaine, bottled for the Bladnoch forum. This was distilled on the 2nd November 1983 and aged for 26 years in hogshead number 4315 before bottling on the 7th...  More info
This was distilled at Dailuaine on the 26th of March 1997 and aged in a single hogshead (cask 4233) for 12 years before bottling by Signatory as a release of 387 bottles of unchillfiltered whisky…  More info
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This Dailuaine was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd, and it was distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2006.  More info
13 year old single cask Dailuaine, distilled on the 12th August 1997, and bottled by Signatory, un-Chillfiltered and without colouring on the 29th November 2010. A release of 749 bottles.  More info
Distilled in 1973, this rich, intense Speyside single malt was bottled at natural cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$260.33
A beautiful Speyside malt which we bottled on the 14th July 2011. This was distilled at Dailuaine on the 2nd November 1983, and it was aged for 27 years in a refill sherry hogshead, which had an...  More info
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This was aged for 27 years in refill sherry cask 4319 before it was bottled by Adelphi at natural cask strength. A release of 219 bottles, bottled in 2011.  More info
Beautifully rich and intensely malty Dailuaine, distilled in 1973 and bottled at the ripe old age of 22 years for Diageo's Rare Malts range. Cask strength and very rich.  More info
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