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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


Distillery Capacity

4 120 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner


Distillery Address

Dufftown, Banffshire

Distillery Website


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


Production starts in November.


The distillery is owned by P. Mackenzie


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


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


The number of stills is increased from four to six.


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


Guinness buys Arthur Bell & Sons.


Guinness and Grand Metropolitan merge to form Diageo.


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

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A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.  More info
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The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard...  More info
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Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a...  More info
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This indie bottling of Dufftown single malt comes from the Connoisseurs Choice range, manned by the brilliant folks at Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2004 and matured in refill bourbon barrels...  More info
One of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released in 2014 for the Singleton of Dufftown range (the other being Tailfire). Sunray takes its name from a type of fly used for salmon...  More info
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A classic 15 year old Speyside malt originally released for the travel retail market. Singleton of Dufftown is aged in a mix of European and American oak casks and it's sweet and spicy.  More info
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Originally released for Travel Retail, Singleton of Dufftown Unité is a relaxed, straightforward Speyside dram, packed with juicy fruit, sweet vanilla and toffee. This is the entry level bottling from...  More info
The recipe for a great evening calls for good whisky, good food and good friends. With this charming gift set from the Dufftown Distillery, you're on your way there. The gift set includes a 15 year...  More info
Single cask Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the lovely Berry Brothers & Rudd chaps. It was distilled back in 1999 and left to mature in cask #808 (yes, just like the legendary drum...  More info
A delicious 18 year old Speyside malt from the Dufftown distillery, the Singleton exudes oodles of creamy, malty flavour, and it's the oldest official Dufftown we've ever tried…  More info
From the Singleton of Dufftown's range of expressions, which were originally released for Travel Retail, comes the Trinité, which is comprised of whisky drawn from European and American oak casks...  More info
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A Cask Strength Collection bottling of Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 17 years. It was distilled in December 1997 and bottled in June...  More info
Independently bottled Dufftown single malt, distilled all the way back in 1995. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, it has been bottled at 48.4% abv in handsome bottles covered in Olde-Timey...  More info
18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes to...  More info
8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet pure malt Scotch whisky, from the days where the term "pure malt" was still used - the 1980s. This was also when Arthur Bell & Sons owned the Dufftown distillery!  More info
A 100cl bottle from the 1980s of 8 year old Dufftown Glenlivet whisky from the days when adding "Glenlivet" onto the end of you distillery name was in. Also in fashion around then was New Romantics...  More info
A 1980s bottling of 8 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky (which they called "Pure Malt" at the time). It's a very handsome, shiny, well-kept bottle, complete with presentation tube...  More info
This is a bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Dufftown distillery, back when it was owned by Arthur Bell & Sons - and also before they dropped the 'Glenlivet' suffix.  More info
A rather rare 1970s bottle from the Dufftown distillery, which states itself to be "the House of Bell's" on both the label and the presentation box. Certainly the distillery was owned by Arthur Bell &...  More info
A Singleton of Dufftown glass tumbler, just the thing for enjoying one of their brilliant Speyside whiskies.  More info
A 1997 vintage from the Speyside distillery Dufftown, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
A 1993 vintage from the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range. A subtle, yet charming single malt from the Speyside distillery, Dufftown, one of the original seven stills of the town.  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
This was distilled at the Dufftown distillery in Speyside in 2002. It was then aged in first-fill bourbon barrels before bottling in 2012 for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
An official bottling from the Speyside distillery, Dufftown. This is a light, gentle 15 year old dram from the Flora and Fauna range.  More info
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