Single Malt Scotch Whisky
distillery which can be found between the mountain Ben Rinnes
(The Ben) and the river Spey at the village of Carron, was founded
by William Mackenzie in 1852. Dailuaine, pronounced "Dal-oo-ayn",
means 'green vale' and it ever so accurately describes its verdant
Banffshire AB38 7RE Scotland
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The distillery's ideal location was likely no accident - the
water from Bailliemullich Burn was of good quality, there was
a local supply of barley and it was close to the Great North
of Scotland Railway line. Dailuaine even had its own station
and workers, raw materials and the finished product were transported
by rail for a century until the demise of the railway. The distillery's
own 'pug' steam locomotive has been restored and is on display
at the Aberfeldy distillery.
While the line no longer exists today, the route which is called
the Speyside Way, has been preserved for walkers and travelers
and travels from Tomintoul to the sea.
The whiskies produced at Dailuaine as well as the nearby Cardhu
distillery are the major components of the Johnnie Walker blends.
Only 2% of the product is marketed as single malt (sold by UDV
in the Fauna & Flora collection or by Gordon & MacPhail)
and, the rest is used in the blends. When its production capacity
is considered, Dailuaine distillery is one of the largest distilleries
in Diageo’s portfolio. The distillery produces a full-bodied,
tasty Speyside spirit.
16 YEAR FLORA & FAUNA CHOICE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
Bottling Note: A Flora
and Fauna official release from the Dailuaine distillery,
a 16 year old single malt which has been sherry matured
for thick fruitcake notes with winter spice, a great
Dailuaine 16 Tasting Notes
Nose: Cereals, barley
sugars, sherry. Fruitcake, oily, nutty.
Palate: Medium body,
clean. Malt, estery fruit. Sherry. Nutty.
Finish: Nutty, almonds,
oily, smoke, oak.
~Tasting Notes Courtesy of Master of Malt
Local farmer William Mackenzie founded Dailuaine in 1852. After
he passed away in 1879, the distillery was passed on to his
son Thomas, who formed Mackenzie & Co. with James Fleming.
When Mackenzie's son assumed ownership, he set forth plans to
rebuild Dailuaine in a larger, more modern style and the distillery
was renamed Dailuaine-Glenlivet Distillery Ltd. After a few
years of rapid growth and an annual output of 160,000 gallons,
Dailuane became the largest distiller of Higland Malt. It was
also the first distillery to exhibit the pagoda roof design.
In 1898, the distillery merged with Talisker and was renamed
Dailuaine-Talisker Distilleries Co Ltd. Thomas died in 1915
and since he had no family to fill his shoes, a group of Dailuaine
customers which included James Buchanan, John Dewar and John
Walker took over. In 1925, Dailuane became part of Distillers
Company Limited (DCL), although it was run by Scottish Malt
Distillers (SMD) for decades. In 1998 Diageo bought out DCL.
Dailuaine had been rebuilt several times throughout its active
history. In 1917, fire destroyed the distillery and production
was halted for three years. After yet another fire in 1960,
it went through a major modernization. Dailuane was expanded
from four to six stills and it was one of the few distilleries
to replace its floor maltings with Saladin Boxes. A Dark Grains
plant was built to process pot ale and draff into high protein
Dailuaine does not utilize their old granite double-storey dunnage
cask warehouses, therefore, all production is sent in tankers
to be filled into casks at a central warehousing complex. In
addition, after 1983, the distillery no longer carried out its
Dailuaine distillery does not have a visitor centre.