Dalwhinnie Distillery, Highlands

Dalwhinnie Distillery, Highlands, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Dalwhinnie Distillery which is located at 1000 feet above sea level in the coldest inhabited place in Scotland, about 60 miles north of Perth in the Central Highlands. Invariably, this distillery features in my whisky themed tours.

Dalwhinnie Distillery is relatively young by the standards of Scotland’s whisky distilleries, having been established 1898 with location influenced by the nearby rail line and clear spring water 2000 ft up in the Drumochter hills.

Almost immediately on opening, Dalwhinnie was a casualty of the crash which ended the speculative whisky boom. The distillery subsequently changed hands a number of times before being acquired by Distillers Co in 1926 and ultimately Diageo now.

Aided by the current strength of the whisky market,Dalwhinnie is now producing about 2.2m litres per year which is stored in about 5000 casks.

In market terms, Dalwhinnie is well positioned and ranks within the top 15 single malts sold worldwide. Key products comprise a 15 year old and a Distillers Edition.

Proximity to the main A9 tourist route provides easy access.

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