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Dalmore

Dalmore might just be the most legendary distillery in the world, when it comes to creating stunning whisky with real provenance. Even the distillery itself looks incredible, as it overlooks the Cromarty Firth - an estuary from whose banks rise impressive slopes specked with green thicket and wooded copse.

The classic 12 and 15 year old have long been a mainstay for lovers of rich highland whisky, and the master blender, Richard Patterson, is one of the industry’s best loved celebrities. As well as working at Dalmore, Richard blends for Isle of Jura as well as Whyte and Mackay. Not one to shy from experimentation, he makes use of varying barley strains and age old vintages, which he blends with all the talent of a modern day alchemist.

A recent slew of ultra premium whiskies have cemented the distillery as one with true éclat, and under Patterson we’ve seen record prices paid for super aged drams. In 2002, at McTear’s auction house in Glasgow, £25,877.50 was reached for a 62 year old bottle of Dalmore single malt, setting a new record for the highest price paid for a bottle of Scotch whisky. That was surpassed in 2009 when a whopping £27,600 was reached for Dalmore Oculus, which contained whiskies from 1878, 1922, 1926, 1939 and 1951! Truly a historic single malt…

Dalmore was founded by Alexander Matheson in 1839 and now stands as Whyte and Mackay’s largest distillery as well as being the flagship for the brand. With four pairs of stills, Dalmore has a capacity of 4.2 million litres per annum and operates at near capacity, but still retains its quality and character.

The house style is undeniably one of rich, full-bodied whisky, with orange, chocolate and coffee flavours and Dalmore whisky is regularly enjoyed as a post dinner digestif.

Dalmore Whisky Distillery

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About Dalmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01349 882362

Distillery Founded

1839

Distillery Capacity

4 200 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Alness, Ross-Shire

Distillery Owner

Whyte & Mackay Ltd (United Spirits)

Distillery Website

www.thedalmore.com

1839

Alexander Matheson founds the distillery and lets it to the Sunderland family.

1867

The brothers Charles, Andrew and Alexander Mackenzie run the distillery.

1874

The number of stills is increased to four.

1886

Alexander Matheson dies.

1891

Sir Kenneth Matheson sells the distillery for £14,500 to the Mackenzie brothers.

1917

The Royal Navy moves in to start manufacturing of American mines.

1920

The Royal Navy moves out and leaves behind a distillery damaged by an explosion.

1922

The distillery is in production again. Andrew Mackenzie and the Royal Navy disagree on compensation for the damages.

1956

Floor malting is replaced by Saladin box.

1960

Mackenzie Brothers (Dalmore) Ltd merges with Whyte & Mackay and forms the company Dalmore-Whyte & Mackay Ltd.

1966

The number of stills is increased from four to eight.

1982

The Saladin box is abandoned.

1990

American Brands buys Whyte & Mackay.

1996

Whyte & Mackay changes name to JBB (Greater Europe).

2001

Through management buy-out, JBB (Greater Europe) is bought from Fortune Brands and changes name to Kyndal Spirits.

2002

A 62 year old Dalmore is sold at McTear’s auction for £25,877.50 and becomes the world’s so far most expensive bottle of whisky. Kyndal Spirits changes name to Whyte & Mackay.

2004

A new visitor centre opens.

2005

Black Pearl, with six months on Madeira barrels, is launched.

2007

United Spirits buys Whyte & Mackay. 15 year old, 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 40 year old are released.

2008

1263 King Alexander III and Vintage 1974 are released.

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A 10 year old Dalmore, with a beautifully rich berry fruit character. This was distilled in the Spring of 2001, and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Provenance range in 2011.  More info
$61.75
A fabulous single cask Dalmore, distilled in April 1990 and aged in sherry butt DL7152 for 21 years before bottling in August of 2011. This comes from Douglas Laing's wonderful Director's Cut range...  More info
$264.35
A big, spicy Dalmore bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in April of 1999 and was aged for 12 years in a single refill butt before bottling in April of 2011. A...  More info
$87.92
Distilled in 1995, Dalmore's Age of Exploration was aged in white oak barrels and finished in Madeira casks for three years, before a final year spent resting in Matusalem Oloroso Sherry butts before...  More info
$157.08
An old, rare edition of the classic Dalmore 12 year old - a rich, malty, orangey Highland dram. Great stuff!  More info
$94.17
Dalmore Mackenzie
(70cl, 46%)
A delicious and charitable whisky from Dalmore, a "significant proportion" of profits from each bottle of Mackenzie sold will go towards the upkeep of the clan';s ancestral seat, Castle...  More info
$153.86
A tasty Dalmore matured in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, the Tay Dram is part of the distillery's Rivers collection.

At least £4 from every eponymous bottle sold goes towards protecting four...  More info
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Dalmore donates a good proportion from the sale of each bottle of Dalmore Spey Dram to the River Spey foundation. The whisky is aged in Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks, and it full of flavour.  More info
The chaps at Dalmore created the Rivers collection to support the conservation and maintenance of Scottish rivers, because that's just the kind of guys they are. The whisky is pretty darn good too!  More info
$62.20
This is Dalmore was distilled back in 1986 and bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2012.  More info
In 2011 Dalmore announced the return of the Cigar Malt to replace the Gran Reserva that replaced the original cigar malt - this is the original cigar malt. A piece of whisky history.  More info
$108.05
Dalmore began the Rivers Collection to contribute to the upkeep of some of Scotland's famous rivers; namely the Spey, Tay, Tweed and Dee. This bottle is naturally in support of the famous salmon...  More info
Dalmore 1973
(70cl, 45%)
This is a luxurious and exclusive bottling from Dalmore. The whisky was initially matured in American oak casks before being matured in red wine casks from a Chateau in the St Estephe region of...  More info
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$1101.56
This is a single cask bottling from Wemyss Malts, named after how it tastes to make it easier to pick one you'll enjoy!  More info
$122.07
Dalmore 40 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A triple-wood from the Dalmore distillery, an awesome 40 year old, matured in American white oak, Matusalem Oloroso sherry and Amoroso sherry casks. A rare Highland bottling. A great testament to the...  More info
$2122.69
Dalmore Gran Reserva
(70cl, 40%)
This bottling was released to replace the Cigar Malt, this is an excellent dram with notes of cigar leaf and honey and plenty of Dalmore spice. Gran Reserva is matured in a mix of sherry and bourbon...  More info
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Dalmore 1974
(70cl, 42%)
This 32 year old bottling is a rare release of but 780 bottles, this was distilled in 1974 and matured in sherry casks and is fruity and nutty, alongside the typical Dalmore notes of orange zest and...  More info
$972.87
This is the truly staggering Dalmore 40 year old - a superb Highland malt aged in three different types of cask: American white oak, Matusalem Oloroso Sherry and Amoroso Sherry casks. This was...  More info
$4225.35
A 12 year old Dalmore bottled by Douglas Laing in early 2013. Presented at a lower ABV of 46% as part of the Provenance range.  More info
$69.10
A bruiser of a single cask Dalmore at 57.1% abv. From Signatory's Cask Strength collection with an outturn of 555 bottles.  More info
$114.07
A Gordon and MacPhail release from the Highland distillery, Dalmore, this 12 year old was distilled in 1992, matured in refill sherry casks and bottled in 2004. A spicy, citrussy offering.  More info
An 11 year old single cask Dalmore distilled in spring 1999. It was matured in a refill hogshead before bottling in early 2013 as part of the Provenance range from Douglas Laing.  More info
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$64.62
Connoisseur's choice bottling of Dalmore from 1996. Bottled by Gordon and Macphail.  More info
$49.06
Some delicious single cask Dalmore! This was distilled on the 11th September 1990 and matured for 18 years in sherry butt number 9413. Bottled at cask strength on the 22nd October 2008 by Signatory, a...  More info
$90.24
A very special commemorative Old Malt Cask bottling from Douglas Laing. This was distilled at the Dalmore distillery and matured for 32 years. Part of an outturn of 195 bottles "charged" from a rum...  More info
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