Distinctive pagoda roof feature at Dalwhinnie.

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 sixty miles north of Perth in the Central Highlands of Scotland.

The average annual temperature in Dalwhinnie, Scotland is cool at 6.2 degrees Celsius (43.2 degrees Fahrenheit).

The name Dalwhinnie translates as ‘Champion’s Field’.

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, a Distillers Edition, distillery exclusive (no age statement) and Special Release 25 year-old.

Tours are available which take guests through the entire malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation stages of whisky production but photography is not permitted.

Tour in process at Dalwhinnie.

‘Lizzie’s Dram’ promotion at Dalwhinnie. This special edition is named after a lady distiller at the Distillery.

Landscape view of the Dalwhinnie Village.

Dalwhinnie Single Malts.

Distillery buildings