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Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire
PH19 1AB Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1540 672219 / Fax: +44 (0) 1540 672228
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When the water you start with comes from the highest mountain source of any malt, you expect something rather fine. And Dalwhinnie™, for whisky writer Roger Voss a "surprisingly soft whisky...from Scotland's highest, most remote distillery", does not disappoint. The source, Lochan an Doire-Uaine, (Gaelic for "lake in the green grove"), lies at 2,000 feet in the Drumochter Hills. From it, all the pure spring water used in distilling Dalwhinnie™ flows over rich local peat through Allt an t'Sluic, the distillery burn. No other distillery may use the water from this source – therefore no other distillery is able to yield Dalwhinnie’s™ uniquely clean, accessible, malty-sweet taste, giving way to a smooth and smoky Highland mouthfeel.

Dalwhinnie distillery, which was originally named Strathspey, was founded in 1897 by John Grant, Alexander Mackenzie and George Sellar. The distillery is situated between the gentle, grassy style of the Lowlands and the austere, firm body of Speyside, which begins some 25 miles to the north. The style is that of the Highlands; a resilient marriage of gentleness and spirit. As befits a malt from such a place, Dalwhinnie™ defies simple description. Too gratifying for an aperitif alone, yet too gentle and delicate to be thought rugged or unapproachable; this combination of delicacy and depth sets it apart. Dalwhinnie is now owned by Diageo and represents the Highlands in their Classic Malts range.

"The Highland peatiness is very restrained at first, balanced by heathery sweetness, but intensifies toward the finish. Clear flavours against a very clean background. A good aperitif." Michael Jackson, whisky writer and expert.

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Strength: 43% ABV

Appearance: Gold.

Nose: A big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat.

Body: Light to medium.

Palate: Smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread.

Finish: Long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt.

Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery

"Many late Victorian distilleries were bravely sited; "madly located" Dalwhinnie, one of the highest of all distilleries - at 1073 feet - and now home to the Classic Malts’ delicate and smoky 15 year old Highland malt, was no exception." "Why on earth, you may think," continued the writer of this memorable epithet, "would anybody choose to build a distillery in this desolate, wind-sliced, rain-lashed patch of Highland wilderness?"

A good reason, certainly, was that it was close to the geographic center of the Highlands and so enjoyed easy access to the reliable link to market offered by the new Highland Railway. This helped the distillery to survive its often fragile beginnings, just as surely as Dalwhinnie's setting had earlier helped the village itself to gain an importance beyond its size.

The Gaelic word from which the name Dalwhinnie comes is Dail-coinneeamh, also spelt Dail-Chuinnidh, which translates as "plain of meetings." Here on these high windswept pastures between the Grampian and Monadhliath mountain ranges, 18th Century cattle drovers would pause on their journey south, over the Drumochter pass to the great trysts or cattle markets of Crieff and Falkirk. Where it can, Dalwhinnie retains the old ways. Traditional wood is still used for its washbacks, for example. Just two copper stills, as there have always been, send the alcohol into the lye pipes on its way to the stillman. He skillfully separates the "foreshots" and "feints" before allowing the purest middle part of the distillation to reach the oak casks in which Dalwhinnie™ will rest on its way to maturity.

Increasingly rare wooden worm-tubs, a landmark outside the distillery as distinctive as its pagoda roofs, help this remain a spirit of real character. Old hands will say that the slow deliberate condensation, which takes place in a copper worm, can't be matched in more modern condensing vessels. Perhaps it gives Dalwhinnie™ that little extra body?

As well as being a fine distillery, Dalwhinnie also has the distinction of being an official weather station, with one of the lowest recorded average temperatures in Great Britain!


An opportunity to sample the 'Gentle Spirit' of the glen at one of the highest distilleries in the land, Dalwhinnie is a wonderfully full-bodied, smooth and warming malt whisky.

Site Operations Manager
Donald Stirling

Opening Times

To avoid disappointment please telephone in advance to check tour time availability.

***Tours will depend on weather conditions please phone in advance to check availability. ***
1st February until Easter
Monday to Friday - 11am until 2pm with Tours at 11.15am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm

Easter until 30th April
Open Sat 3rd April 9:30-5pm
Monday to Friday 9.30am until 5pm - Tours regularly throughout the day.

1st May to 30th September:
Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5pm

Tours regularly throughout the day. To avoid disappointment please telephone in advance to check tour time availability.

July & August:
Also Sun: 11.00am - 4pm

Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm

November & December:
Mon - Fri: 11am - 2pm with Tours at 11.15am, 12.15pm & 1.15pm

Festive Opening:
To be confirmed.

Last Tour:
1 hour before above closing times.

Admission Charges Apply:
Adults: £6.00 per person (includes a £3.00 discount voucher redeemable on any 70cl bottle of malt whisky purchased in the Visitor Centre Shop)

Children: £4 (8 yrs to 17 yrs inclusive)

Children under the age of 8 years old are welcome but are not permitted on the distillery tour.

Visitor Centre:
The visitors centre is now open 9:30-5pm Mon to Fri

Contact Us
Dalwhinnie Distillery
Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire
PH19 1AB Scotland
Telephone: +44 (0) 1540 672219
Fax: +44 (0) 1540 672228
E-mail: Dalwhinnie Distillery

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