Dalmore
Distillery
Founded in 1839
Dalmore Distillery sits in the "magic" zone of northern Highlands single malt Whisky. the limestone hills that start as Dingwall in the Cromarty race up to the northeast, and then bend left into the Dornach Firth. Route A9 roughly follows along at the base of these hills.

The water that seeps out of the natural springs here must be blessed by Druids or something, because some of the best Highland single malts come from right here: Glenmorangie, Balblair, and Dalmore. Dalmore sits in the town of Alness on a broad plain by the sea.

Alexander Matheson founded Dalmor Distillery in 1839. He ran it successfully for nearly three decades and then decided to retire, selling the facility to Andrew and Charles Mankenzie. As prominent members of the Clan MacKenzie, they incorporated the family crest -- the 12-pointed stag -- into the distillery logo and it is still used today.

It has been purchased several times since then, until it was ultimately acquired by a local conglomerate from Glasgow -- Whyte & Mackay -- who were then acquired by Emperador from the Phillipines in 2014.

Dalmore is the most prolific of the northern Highland shops, with an annual output of 4.2 million liters. Their first priority has been their single malts, with a balanced amount being sold off to blends.

Uniquely, they pride themselves on the fact that they have a variety of still shapes and sizes in their still house (most distilleries have a single type).

Dalmore thinks that it brings a complexity to the spirit. Aging is conducted exclusively in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks and finished in Gonzalo Byass Sherry casks. Some special editions use other premium exotic wood finishes.

Their single malt enjoys a very large following, and some of the rarer contempory releases can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

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sherry
caramel
dark chocolate
spicy
orange peel
sweet
oak
roasted coffee
smoky
What does Dalmore taste like?

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

We invented Flavour 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
    Highlands
  • Established
    1839
  • Owner
    Emperador Inc.
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    4 wash, 4 spirit
  • Visitor Center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Dalmore Distillery, Dalmore Alness, Highlands and Islands, Alness IV17 0UT, United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1349 882362
  • Website
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A single bottle of Dalmor, from the "Trinitas" release, was the first bottle of Scotch Whisky to sell for more than $100,000.

The twleve-pointed stag is called the "royal stag" called "the caberfeidh." Colin Kintail of the Clan Mackenzie, saved the life of King Alexander II of Scotland in 1263, when he was charged by a stag. The grateful king awarded him lands, and the right to use the royal stag logo in the Mackenzie family crest.

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Highlands
There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
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