Dalwhinnie

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire, PH19 1AA
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Co-ordinates" Co-ordinates: 56.940140, -4.239124
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 01540 672 219
Email" Email: dalwhinnie.distillery[at]diageo.com
Web" Web: https://www.discovering-distilleries.com/dalwhinnie/
Twitter" Twitter: DiscoverDistilleries (@12distilleries)

Facts and figures

LocationDalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire, PH19 1AA
Founded1898
FounderJohn Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie
OwnerDiageo
Water SourceAllt an t'Sluie Burn
Stills1 washs till (17,000 litres)
1 spirit still (14,000 litres)

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary through the year; check for details of opening hours

Tours

Distillery tour

£10 All touring visitors over 18 receive a taste of Dalwhinnie 15yr old single malt whisky, a taste of hand-made chocolate, a complimentary Dalwhinnie whisky glass and a discount voucher. Tasting only options- 3 complimentary Dalwhinnie whiskies, 3 handmade chocolates, a whisky glass and a tasting mat £10
  • 4 complimentary Dalwhinnie whiskies, 4 handmade chocolates, a whisky glass and a tasting mat £16
  • 6 complimentary Dalwhinnie whiskies, 6 handmade chocolates, a whisky glass and a tasting mat £19
  • 6 complimentary Classic single malt whiskies, 6 handmade chocolates, a whisky glass and a tasting mat £16
  • Single taste with adult hot chocolate £6
  • Last tasting option 30 minutes before closing.

    History

    Dalwhinnie is one of Diageo's Classic Malts.
    
    Dalwhinnie Distillery, in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie in Scotland, produces Single malt Scotch whisky classified among the Highland Single Malts. In 1897, John Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie founded the Strathspey distillery. Production started in 1898 but unfortunately the partnership was bankrupt the same year. The site was chosen for its access to clear spring water from Lochan-Doire-Uaine and abundant peat from the surrounding bogs; set in splendid mountain scenery, Dalwhinnie is the one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 1164' above sea level. The name Dalwhinnie is derived from Gaelic word Dail-coinneeamh, which means meeting place, referring to the meeting of ancient cattle drovers' routes through the mountains.
    
    The distillery was sold to AP Blyth in 1898 for his son who renamed it Dalwhinnie. Later in 1905 the Cook & Bernheimer took control over the distillery. The distillers were looking for malts to produce blended whiskies for the US market. This was the very first US investment in the Scotch whisky industry. The US adventure continued until the prohibition in the US in 1920 and the distillery returned to Scotland when it was purchased by Lord James Calder, shareholder of whisky blender MacDonald Greenlees. MacDonald Greenlees was later acquired by Distillers Company; Dalwhinnie later became part of the blender group James Buchanan.
    
    A fire in 1934 stopped production for 3 years, and the reopening in 1938 was short-lived because the second world war brought restrictions on the supply of barley. Since reopening in 1947, the distillery has continued to operate through to the present day, although on-site malting ceased in 1968.
    
    In 1986, the distillery and bonded warehouse was listed as a Category B listed building.[3]
    
    Dalwhinnie has become famous worldwide because it is marketed by its owners, United Distillers unit of Diageo, under their Classic Malts brand, launched in 1988. Despite this, only 10% of the production is marketed as single malt, the remaining being used in the Black & White blends.
    
    Information correct as of 06/05/2016
    This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Dalwhinnie Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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