Dailuaine DistilleryDailuaine Distillery

Founded in 1852
Dailuaine Distillery is located right on the Spey River, in the Central Speyside district, just off route A95 between Aberlour and Knockando. Here there are farms, patches of trees, and Whisky distilleries as far as the eye can see.

William Mackenzie founded Dailuaine in 1852 from scratch. When William passed away thirteen years later in 1965, his widow put a VERY smart business structure in place that ensured the security of the operation.

She knew that her son Thomas was too young to run things himself, and had not yet had a chance to learn anything about the business. So she leased the entire operation to a local banker from Aberlour, named James Fleming.

Fleming was a savvy business man and he formed a joint corporation with Thomas called Mackenzie and Company. The banker ran the books, and Thomas learned the business to carry on the family legacy. Things went very well.

In 1884 they invested their capital again to refurbish and expand, becoming one of the largest production distilleries in the Highlands at the time. They went on to form joint partnerships and agreements for the next twenty years.

In 1915 Thomas Mackenzie passed away and the decision was made to sell. By then, several large Scotch blends were dependent on Dailuaine for substantial portions of their spirit base, so these customers got together and bought the families out.

Those customers were John Dewer & Sons, John Walker & Sons, and James Buchanan & Co. Since then it has changed hands a few more times. It was also expanded again in 1960 to six stills, ensuring its place as one of the larger production house in the region.

They are now a part of Diageo, and a reliable source of malt Whisky for the Diageo portfolio. Dailuaine has three wash and three spirits stills, that generate more than 3.3 million liters of spirit per year. In the world of Whisky, Dailuaine is fairly well respected.

The spirit is in such demand for inclusion in Diageo's premium blends -- mostly Johnnie Walker high end labels -- that almost no single malt is available. But... every once in a while there are some nicely aged casks "found" here and there and the distillery issues an official single malt -- the most recent being a lovely 16 YO.

In addition, there are a few odd releases by the independent bottlers, the more common one being the Flora and Fauna release. In total, from all sources, it is estimated that less than 2% of production finds its way into single malts by any path.

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What does Dailuaine taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Dailuaine Scotch. It's based on all Dailuaine drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Dailuaine before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    3 wash, 3 spirit
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Dailuaine Distillery, Carron, Aberlour, Moray AB38 7RE United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1479 874600
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We have often noted that Charles Doig was THE architect of Whisky distilleries in Speyside (and a few others around Scotland).

He is the one responsible for the iconic "Pagoda-style" peaked roof that you see on so many disitlleries from this era. It's both funtional and looks great. Well, Dailuaine was the first distillery to have that Charles Doig design.

There are eight, large warehouses on the grounds. They are made of solid granite and date back to the 1800s -- but they're empty. When Diageo bought the acquired the distillery during one of their mega-mergers, all aging was transferred to their central Whisky aging repository.
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, malts from these fifty or so Speyside distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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Scotch from Dailuaine

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