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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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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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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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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
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
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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Distilled in 1973, this rich, intense Speyside single malt was bottled at natural cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
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This is a 10 year old sherry cask Dailuaine bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range of whiskies.  More info
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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
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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
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