Dailuaine Speyside Whisky Distillery
The little known Dailuaine was founded in 1851 by land owner William Mackenzie in a beautiful valley from which it takes its name. Dail Uaine translated from scots Gaelic means ‘green valley’. Following his death his wife Jane became one of Scotland’s few female distillers. Later she leased Dailuaine to James Fleming who was joined by the late William Mackenzie’s son. Like many whisky distilleries Dailuaine suffered a terrible fire in 1917 and needed to be rebuilt, it was one of the largest distilleries and continues to this day being one of Diageo’s largest producers by volume. Diageo’s predecessor DCL took ownership in 1916.
Although electric lighting was installed in the 1920’s steam and water powered the distillery up to the 1960’s and the distillery operated its own pug locomotive which operated on the Strathspey line until the late 1960’s when British rail abandoned the line. The train is still used by railway enthusiasts in Aviemore.
The 1960’s also seen new developments at Dailauine such as stills being increased from 4 to 6 and Saladin Box malting system being introduced. Dailauine provides whisky for the world’s best-selling whisky, Johnnie Walker with only a small % being used for Malt. The Dailunaine single malt whisky is highly regarded and many were surprised when it did not make into Diageo’s Classic Malt range.
Taste: The 16 year old malt whisky from the Flora and Fauna range is rich, sweet and lightly peated with no doubt about the sherry cask.
[product_category category=”dailuaine” per_page=”24″ columns=”4″ orderby=”date” order=”desc”]