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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 Cromarthy 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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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
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
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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
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This is Dalmore was distilled back in 1986 and bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2012.  More info
This Dalmore single malt Scotch whisky aged for 11 years the inevitable happened. It got bottled up by WM Cadenhead for their Duthies collection, with no chill-filtering or colours added. 354 bottles...  More info
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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
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Wemyss naming their whiskies after food is a great idea, as the way to our hearts is obviously through our stomachs (and noses... and mouths). This single cask Dalmore, distilled in 1997, is called...  More info
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Independently bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing, this Dalmore single malt spent 17 years maturing in a single cask before it was bottled as part of the Old Particular range. Plenty of ginger...  More info
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Distilled in June 1986 by Dalmore and handpicked by Montgomerie's for bottling in March 2013 from cask number 3101.  More info
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Dalmore Cromartie is the third in a series of limited edition releases crafted by Dalmore's Master Distiller, Richard Patterson, in homage to the clan Mackenzie. This luscious Dalmore is matured in...  More info
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A 22 year old Dalmore aged in a single Sherry butt between September 1990 and June 2013. Part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, 528 bottles were produced.  More info
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