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Dallas Dhu

Dallas Dhu was originally founded in 1898, under the name Dallasmore by Glasgow-based blenders Wright and Grieg Ltd and designed by Elgin-based distillery architect Charles Doig. Lying in a hollow to the south of Forres and taking its water from the Altyre Burn, the distillery was built on the estate of Alexander Edward of Sanquhar. Renamed Dallas Dhu (pronounced ‘DAL-assDOO’), deriving from the Gaelic ‘dail eas dubh’ or ‘dark water valley’. In 1899, the spirit was used in Wright and Grieg’s blend ‘Roderick Dhu’. The blend had good overseas sales, particularly throughout Australasia and India.

Over the next many years the distillery changed hands several times, following lull and fall in demand. Dallas Dhu was purchased by JP O’Brian in 1919 and then in 1921 by Benmore Distillers Ltd. In 1929, Distillers Company Ltd acquired the distillery and it passed on a year later to Scottish Malt Distillers, now part of Diageo. Following the whisky recession of the 1980s, Dallas Dhu was closed, alongside the first wave of distillery closures, in 1983 and its licence was revoked in 1992. It reopening in 1988, though not as a distillery; the site now holds a visitor centre and a whisky production museum.

Dallas Dhu Whisky Distillery

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About Dallas Dhu Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01309 676548

Distillery Founded

1898

Distillery Status

Closed

Distillery Owner

Diageo (administered by Scotland´s Historic Buildings

Distillery Address

Forres, Moray

1898

The blending company Wright & Greig in Glasgow, with Alexander Edward as one part-owner, founds the distillery. The ‘Distillery Architect’ Charles Doig does the drawings and it is first named Dallasmore.

1899

Production starts and the name is changed to Dallas Dhu.

1919

Dallas Dhu is sold to the blending company J. P. O´Brien & Co.

1921

Benmore Distilleries Ltd buys the distillery.

1929

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over.

1930

Operations are transferred to SMD and the distillery closes.

1937

The distillery reopens.

1939

The stillhouse is completely destroyed by a fire and the distillery is forced to close.

1947

The distillery reopens.

1983

DCL discontinues production in March.

1986

Historic Scotland purchases the facilities.

1988

The distillery opens as a tourist attraction managed by Historic Scotland.

1995

Dallas Dhu 1970 (24 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

1997

Dallas Dhu 1975 (21 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

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Distilled at Dallas Dhu on the 5th June 1979 and aged in refill butt number 1385 for a whopping 31 years before bottling at cask strength by Signatory. A release of 505 bottles.  More info
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Distilled at Dallas Dhu in April 1981 and aged for 29 years in cask 388 before bottling by Duncan Taylor in May 2010 as part of a release of 271 individually numbered, cask strength bottles.  More info
A single cask Dallas Dhu distilled in March 1972, matured for 32 years in refill butt number 748, and bottled by Douglas Laing in October 2004. A release of 605 bottles.  More info
A Signatory bottling from Dallas Dhu, this was distilled on the 8th October 1975, matured for 33 years in hogshead number 1899, before bottling on the 28th April 2009. A release of just 181...  More info
This was distilled in 1982 at the Dallas Dhu distillery, and bottled after 23 years in refill bourbon casks by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$124.07
A half bottle of 23 year old, refill bourbon matured Dallas Dhu, distilled in 1982 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$66.08
The closed Dallas Dhu distillery in Speyside produced this single malt Scotch whisky in 1979. Unfortunately they aren't around anymore to bottle it, but Gordon and Macphail have done that job and made...  More info
$293.18
Matured in refill bourbon casks, this 1975 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range is a superb 32 year old expression from the Dallas Dhu distillery.  More info
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$233.18

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