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Dufftown

The Dufftown distillery was built in 1895 by wine merchant Peter Mackenzie, John Symon, Richard Stackpole and Charles MacPherson. Producton began a year later. The Dufftown distillery sits not far from its namesake town and not far from where the Rivers Dullan and Fiddich conjoin in liquid matrimony. In the Conval Hills, Jock’s Well rises and from here Dufftown draws its cooling waters. The distillery was bought from the original owners in 1933 by Arthur Bell and Sons for the sum of £56,000.

Following Guinness’ acquisition of Arthur Bell and Sons and the subsequent merger between Guinness and Grand Metropolitan, Deanston is at present under Diageo ownership. Since two extra stills were added in 1979, the whisky distillery houses a total of eight stills. Currently, Dufftown is the largest producer of all Diageo’s whisky distilleries; Dufftown has a capacity of some 4.12million litres and as much as 98% of this is used in blends, notably, Johnnie Walker, Dewar’s and in Bells, of which it is the largest single constituent malt whisky. There has been but one official house bottling, a Flora and Fauna 15 year-old. However, there has been a twelve year-old, launched for the duty free market and named ‘The Singleton of Dufftown’. There have been but a handful of independent bottlings.

Dufftown Whisky Distillery

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About Dufftown Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 822100

Distillery Founded

1896

Distillery Capacity

4 120 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Dufftown, Banffshire

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1895

Peter Mackenzie, Richard Stackpole, John Symon and Charles MacPherson build the distillery Dufftown-Glenlivet in an old mill.

1896

Production starts in November.

1897

The distillery is owned by P. Mackenzie

1933

P. Mackenzie & Co. is bought by Arthur Bell & Sons for £56 000.

1968

The floor maltings is discontinued and malt is bought from outside suppliers. The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1974

The number of stills is increased from four to six.

1979

The stills are increased by a further two, to eight.

1985

Guinness buys Arthur Bell & Sons.

1997

Guinness and Grand Metropolitan merge to form Diageo.

2006

The Singleton of Dufftown is launched as a special duty free bottling.

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A single cask from Dufftown, with a lovely hue. This was distilled in May of 1980 and matured in a refill hogshead, before being finished in a sherry cask. Bottled by Douglas Laing in October 2008...  More info
This was distilled at Dufftown in March of 1982. It was aged for 30 years in a single sherry butt (number 8232) before bottling in March 2012 for Douglas Laing's Directors Cut range. A release of 189...  More info
This was distilled at the Dufftown distillery in November 1982 before a 30 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was bottled for the Old Malt Cask range in November 2012 and there...  More info
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A rare cask strength release from the Dufftown distillery, bottled as Dufftown-Glenlivet for Diageo's Rare Malts range, at cask strength this single malt is a rich, chewy dram with gorgeous spice...  More info
A smart-looking giftset featuring a bottle of the classic 12 year old Speyside whisky - the Singleton of Dufftown - as well as two branded glasses. This was aged in a high proportion of European oak...  More info
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A full litre bottle of 18 year old Dufftown, released for the duty free market. Loads of flavour here, and very interesting to try - it's certainly the oldest official Dufftown we've ever had!  More info
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A Singleton of Dufftown glass tumbler, just the thing for enjoying one of their brilliant Speyside whiskies.  More info
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