Dalwhinnie DistilleryDalwhinnie Distillery

Founded in 1898
Dalwhinnie, Scotland has a population of 80. That’s not a typo. It is home to a small schoolhouse, a pub, an inn, a train station, and the Dalwhinnie Distillery. What else do you need, really? The distillery is famous for being the “highest” distillery in Scotland.

When you are talking about spirits, “highest” can mean several things right? In this case, we are talking about altitude, sitting at 1164 feet above sea level, nestled at the western base of the almost impossibly-beautiful Cairngorms Mountains. Just on the other side of the peaks to the east are the headwaters of the Spey River.

Dalwhinnie was founded in 1897, by John Grant, but production didn't start until the next year in 1898, so that is the number we will go with. The odd thing is that John Grant immediately sold the entire operation to to a gentleman named A. P. Blyth as a business for his son to run.

They are the ones who named it Dalwhinnie, from the Scots Gaelic "Dail-coinneeamh," which translates roughly into "meeting place," and it refers to the joining of ancient routes cattle herdsmen would use, to drive their stock to market.

Interestingly, father and son sold the place again just six years later to the Cook & Bernheimer Company out of New York. They were kind of a big deal back in the day and were one of the first mega-conglomerates in the liquor business.

They operated from 1863 through 1917. But what makes them special in this case is that they were American, and this purchase made then the very first Americans to invest in the Scotch trade.

They are also important in the history of Dalwhinnie, because they purchased it to facilite blended Whisky production -- which it has been ever since. There have been several ownership changes since then. But production has continued unabated, except in 1934 when a fire forced them to cut production for repairs.

They were ready to go again in 1938, but the barley shortages of World War II shut them down again. Things got fully up to speed again in 1947, as the war came to a close.

Even today with Dalwhinnie fans snapping up as much of the single malt as they can get, only about 10% of the output is reserved for single malt bottling. All the rest goes into the famous "Black and White" blended Scotch.

And this is not a high production shop, so we say if you find a single malt for sale -- any of them -- grab a bottle while you can. Because when they are out, you have to wait until next year.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    1 wash, 1 spirit
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie PH19 1AA, United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1540 672219
  • Website
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Several Dalwhinnie buildings -- including the still house and primary wharehouse - are "B-listed Biuldings." This means that they are of historic importance to the region, due to tradition or architectural styles.

Cook & Bernheimer -- who purchased the distillery in 1934 - were able to acquire the whole site for only £1250,00. That is the equivalent of £22,484.89 today! How they got such a bargain we may never know.
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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