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Between the Grampian and Monadhliath mountain ranges of Inverness-Shire lies Scotland’s highest working distillery, Dalwhinnie. This remote location was chosen for the profusion of local peat, a wonderfully clean water source and, being in the central Highlands, lies not far from the Highland Railway Line, proffering an easy means of transportation. The distillery was founded at the very end of the 19th century and named Strathspey.

Following monetary hardship, the three founding members: Alexander Mackenzie, John Grant and George Stellar were forced to sell to John Sommerville & Co and A P Blyth & Sons, who changed the name to Dalwhinnie and employed the famed Charles Doig of Speyside to redesign parts of the distillery. Today, the distillery serves a dual purpose; malt whisky aside, Dalwhinnie is a station for the Meteorological Office and the manager must take daily readings for the temperature and the weather.

The distillery changed hands several times over the early 20th century, closing in 1934 following a fire in February of that same year and reopening once more in 1938. Dalwhinnie previously had its own floor maltings though they were shut down in 1968. Dalwhinnie's pair of stills proffer a capacity of 2.2 million litres per annum. Dalwhinnie is in Diageo hands and the drinks giant has included the distillery in the Classic Malts range, releasing a Distillers Edition matured in Oloroso casks and the classic fifteen year-old.

Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery

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About Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01540 672219

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

2 200 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Dalwhinnie, Inverness-Shire

Distillery Owner


Distillery Website


John Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie from Kingussie commence building the facilities. The first name is Strathspey and the construction work amounts to £10,000.


Production starts in February. The owners encounter financial troubles after a few months and John Somerville & Co and A P Blyth & Sons take over in November and change the name to Dalwhinnie. The architect Charles Doig is called in to make some improvements.


America’s largest distillers, Cook & Bernheimer in New York, buys Dalwhinnie for £1,250 at an auction. This marks the first time a foreign company takes ownership of a Scottish distillery. The administration of Dalwhinnie is placed in the newly formed company James Munro & Sons.


Macdonald Greenlees & Willliams Ltd headed by Sir James Calder buys Dalwhinnie.


Macdonald Greenlees & Williams Ltd is bought by Distillers Company Ltd (DCL) which licences Dalwhinnie to James Buchanan & Co.


Operations are transferred to Scottish Malt Distilleries (SMD).


The distillery is closed after a fire in February.


The distillery opens again.


The maltings is decommissioned.


A complete refurbishing takes place.


Dalwhinnie 15 years becomes one of selected six in United Distillers´ Classic Malts.


A visitor centre is constructed.


The distillery closes and goes through a major refurbishment costing £3.2 million.


The distillery opens in March.


Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition 1980 (oloroso) is introduced for the first time. The other five in The Classic Malts, each with a different finish, are also introduced as Distillers Editions for the first time.


A 36 year old is released.


A 29 year old is released.


A 20 year old is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Another entry into the Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition series, always a lovely treat when they get released. This one is a 1996 vintage which was finished in an Oloroso cask and bottled in 2012.  More info
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A Distillers Edition bottling of Dalwhinnie single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Oloroso Sherry casks, imparting...  More info
From the highly esteemed Manager's Dram series of single malt releases. This delicious Dalwinnie was bottled at 57.5% abv and is non chill-filtered.  More info
A great malt which Jim Murray awarded 95 points in his Whisky Bible, this is excellent value for money. The flavours are simple, but flawless, a clean, crisp 15 year old from the Dalwhinnie...  More info
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Bottled in 1998, this is a very rare cask-strength bottling from Dalwhinnie, made especially to celebrate the distillery's centenary. This was aged for 15 years before bottling.  More info
An Oloroso sherry finished expression from the Highland distillery, Dalwhinnie. This Distiller's Edition is a 14 year old single malt with beautiful herbal notes and a very wistful peat.  More info
Smooth, fruity and light malt from Dalwhinnie with the benefit of part-maturation in Oloroso sherry casks. Not necessarily 'better' than the standard 15yo, just a very different animal altogether.  More info
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This was distilled at Dalwhinnie in 1992, and it's undergone a finish in Oloroso sherry casks. The result is a beautifully rich whisky with all kinds of thick, syrupy flavours.  More info
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A single cask bottling from the Highland distillery Dalwhinnie, this was distilled in 1992 and matured in single cask number 431 before bottling in 2009 as part of the Manager's Choice range from...  More info
The 1995 vintage of Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition, finished in first fill Oloroso sherry casks before bottling. The result is very rich, thick and fruity.  More info
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The 1997 vintage of Daliwinnie's Distillers Edition, which has been finished in Oloroso sherry casks, as always. Get ready for some thick, jammy whisky, folks!  More info
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Dalwhinnie 20 Year Old
(70cl, 56.80%)
A 20 year old from the Dalwhinnie distillery, just 4,200 bottles of this refill sherry matured whisky were released. The sherry notes are quite rich and the colour is indulgently deep.  More info
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A stunning Dalwhinnie from Diageo's Special Releases, this was launched in 2012. It was distilled in 1987 before a 25 year maturation, and the result garnered a Best in Classic at the International...  More info
Dalwhinnie 29 Year Old
(70cl, 57.80%)
A 29 year old cask strength bottling from the Dalwhinnie distillery, part of a recent range of well-matured cask strength bottlings, a pear-apple rich expression with dessert wine notes.  More info
Dalwhinnie 36 Year Old
(70cl, 47.20%)
A 1966 vintage from the Dalwhinnie distillery, this cask strength 36 year old was limited to a release of just 1,500 bottles. One of the oldest single malts one can find from the Dalwhinnie...  More info
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