Scotland's Whisky Distilleries: Dalwhinnie
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Scotland's Whisky Distilleries: Dalwhinnie

Here we will take a look at one of the most famous whisky distilleries in Scotland, that of Dalwhinnie.

When it comes to whisky drinking, one has much to chose from. Four different types of whisky are produced in Scotland and there are many different brands that make different types of whisky. There really is a huge choice of flavours and types for the whisky drinker. Here we will take a look at one of the most famous whisky distilleries in Scotland, that of Dalwhinnie.

(The Dalwhinnie distillery - Image via Wikipedia)

Core Range

  • Dalwhinnie 15 year old
  • Distillers Edition 1986 Double Matured

Signature Malt

The signature malt of the Dalwhinnie distillery is the 'Dalwhinnie 15 year old' whisky. It comes highly recommended and has a very earthy and smoky taste. Considering the location of the distillery and thus the water that is used in production, it is no surprise that such an earthy taste is in evidence. From when it enters the mouth the taste is like an explosion (in a good way) and has such a satisfying after-taste that it has to go down as one of themost satisfying whiskies out there.

The Distillery

The Dalwhinnie distillery is located in the small town of Dalwhinnie in the Inverness-Shire region of Scotland. It is located in a quite secluded area, surrounded on one side by the Grampians and on the other side by the Cairngorms. It really is the heart of the Highlands. The Dalwhinnie distillery is officially the highest distillery in Scotland and it is situated at an altitude of just over 1,000ft above sea level. If you have ever been to the Inverness-Shire region of Scotland, you will know just how cold it is, it is one of the (if not the) coldest place in the UK. For the Dalwhinnie distillery, the coldness is a good thing. Their supply of water, from which they make their whisky, is as cool and as fresh as any water anywhere - it flows from the Allt an t'Sluic spring located high in the Drumochter hills.

(The Drumochter Hills, the source of the water used to make Dalwhinnie Whisky - Image via Wikipedia)

The Dalwhinnie distillery was founded by John Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie way back in 1897. It is currently owned by the Diageo company, who also own many other whisky distilleries in Scotland as well as many other famous brands of drink across the world. The current owners have spent quite a considerable sum of money on the visitor centre at the Dalwhinnie distillery, offering tours throughout the year. Even though the location of the distillery is very remote it is still worth a visit if you ever have the chance. Even if not for the whisky itself, a visit is worth it just for the views from the distillery alone.

A tour of the Dalwhinnie distillery includes a glass of whisky and the admission price is redeemable against the purchase of a bottle of their whisky from their gift shop.

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Comments (3)

I enjoyed this article a lot, it's really interesting.

Another good one, never heard of this place. Can we make requests? I'd like to read about Chivas Regal, if you could do that.

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No problem DeeBee :) I have a small number of other requests to get through first but will get to the Chivas Regal one soon. It is made at the Strathisla distillery, so that's the one to look out for. :)