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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


Distillery Capacity

4 200 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Alness, Ross-Shire

Distillery Owner

Whyte & Mackay Ltd (United Spirits)

Distillery Website


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


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


The number of stills is increased to four.


Alexander Matheson dies.


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


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


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


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


Floor malting is replaced by Saladin box.


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


The number of stills is increased from four to eight.


The Saladin box is abandoned.


American Brands buys Whyte & Mackay.


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


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


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.


A new visitor centre opens.


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


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


1263 King Alexander III and Vintage 1974 are released.

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Dalmore devotees, rejoice, here's a independent bottling of the their fantastic Highland single malt Scotch whisky presented by Montgomerie's! This was distilled by Dalmore back in December 1991 and...  More info
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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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Dalmore 18 Year Old
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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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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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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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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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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
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
A single cask from Dalmore, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 11th September 1990, matured for 17 years in sherry butt number 9411, and bottled on the 25th March 2008 at cask strength...  More info
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
Distilled at Dalmore in January 1990 and aged in a refill butt and finished in Amontillado sherry butt number 6054 before bottling in 2010 April. A release of 455 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt...  More info
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
19 year old Dalmore, this was distilled on the 11th September 1990 and aged in sherry butt number 9421 before bottling on the 12th April 2010. A release of 477 Signatory decanter bottles.  More info
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
A 1981 vintage Dalmore with a limited outturn of just 484 bottles, beautifully packaged too. This was given a "finesse" in Amoroso sherry casks.  More info
Dalmore 1980
(70cl, 40%)
The 1980 vintage Dalmore is astonishing. Packed to the rafters with incredible house character and a wonderful maturity too.  More info
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
Distilled on the 11th September 1990 and aged in sherry butt 9424 for 20 years before bottling on the 17th January 2011. A release of 593 numbered bottles.  More info
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A rich and full bodied Dalmore from the Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in December 1976, and aged in a rum finished hogshead (cask 6632) before bottling in October 2010. A release of just 98...  More info
A staggering 1978 vintage from Dalmore, aged for over 3 decades in Gonzalez Byass sherry casks, and especially created by Richard Paterson. Beautifully packaged too, this is a rich, fruity...  More info
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