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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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Distilled at Dalmore in 1999, this is a medium-bodied, fruity Highland dram from Gordon and MacPhail. It was aged in refill sherry hogsheads and was bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
$54.47
Dalmore 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Launched in late 2008 to replace the previous 12 year old, this single malt from the Dalmore distillery is a toasty, coffee-rich dram with beautifully spice notes and a thick mouthfeel. Very rich for...  More info
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$55.06
Dalmore 15 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
The Dalmore 15 year old was first launched in 2007. Matured in matusalem, apostoles and amoroso sherry casks, it proffers all those winter spice, orange zest and chocolate notes characteristic of...  More info
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$71.12
A 16 year old bottling of Dalmore from The Maltman with an outturn of 364 bottles.  More info
$99.57
Dalmore Cigar Malt
(70cl, 44%)
Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in mid-2009, causing uproar among all right-thinking, cigar-smoking whisky fans. This dram used to sit above the 12, and below the 15 in terms of both the...  More info
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$102.12
Dalmore 18 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Dalmore's stunning 18 year old Highland malt is as rich, fruity and spicy as you could ever want from a Dalmore. Kudos to Richard Paterson for creating another veritable chocolate orange of a whisky -...  More info
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$135.01
An excellent chance to get your hands on some Dalmore single malt by way of Douglas Laing's Old particular range. This Highland whisky was distilled in May 1997 and left to mature in a refill hogshead...  More info
$140.49
This independently bottled 27 year old Dalmore single malt might not have the stag's head on the bottle, but it is still definitely a thing of beauty. It was distilled in June 1986 and matured in cask...  More info
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$190.68
A sextuple-wood bottling from Dalmore. This auspiciously-named dram was matured in wine, Madeira, Sherry, Marsala, Kentucky bourbon and Port casks. King Alexander III is a rich, fruity Highland single...  More info
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$191.59
Dalmore filled up a cask of their brilliant single malt Scotch in December 1996, which the Scotch Malt Whisky Society eventually got their hands on and bottled in June 2008. It was bottled at a rather...  More info
$279.08
Independently bottled Dalmore! Always a treat when that happens! This single cask release comes to us from the Mackillop's Choice range. The whisky was distilled in September 1989 and bottled at cask...  More info
$293.84
The 25 Year Old expression from the renowned Highland distillers at Dalmore goes through quite a maturation process. It starts off in American white oak casks before being divided into first-fill...  More info
$1001.84
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
Connoisseur's choice bottling of Dalmore from 1996. Bottled by Gordon and Macphail.  More info
$50.10
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
$60.18
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
$63.07
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
$63.53
This was bottled in 2011, after a successful bottling in 2010 celebrating the UK's best salmon river (we know what you're thinking, yes it's about time the River Tweed gets some props). Dalmore...  More info
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Dalmore launched the Rivers Collection with the aim of raising £400,000 to help conserves four of Scotland's best loved fishing rivers. The Tay dram was aged in bourbon and Oloroso sherry, and Dalmore...  More info
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
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A rich, spicy 12 year old from the Dalmore distillery. This was distilled in the December of 1995 and aged in hogshead number 9421. Bottled for the Dun Bheagan range in 2008 as part of a release of...  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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$66.00
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 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
$70.58
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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