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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.

The distillery has changed hands several times, following rise and falls 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recession of the 1980s, Dallas Dhu was closed, alongside the first wave of distillery closures, in 1983 and its licence was revoked in 1992.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 was reopened 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


Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Diageo (administered by Scotland´s Historic Buildings

Distillery Address

Forres, Moray


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.


Production starts and the name is changed to Dallas Dhu.


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


Benmore Distilleries Ltd buys the distillery.


Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over.


Operations are transferred to SMD and the distillery closes.


The distillery reopens.


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


The distillery reopens.


DCL discontinues production in March.


Historic Scotland purchases the facilities.


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


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


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

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