Dufftown Speyside Whisky Distillery
Dufftown is the self-proclaimed malt whisky capital of Scotland founded by the 4th Earl of Fife, James Duff. Drawing water from the Dullan water the distillery itself was opened in 1896 and was previously a mill which was converted into Dufftown distillery by Richard Stackpole, Peter Makenzie and John Symon. Peter Mackenzie bought out the other 2 and founded P Mackenzie Distillers Ltd of Edinburgh. Mackenzie focussed his expansion in the US and was crippled by prohibition before being forced to sell out to Arthur Bell (of Bells blended whisky) in 1933. Dufftown was closed and whisky production ceased during World War 2 not to start again until 1947. Due to its success it was expanded in the 1970’s growing the number of stills to 6. The Irish giant Guinness (now part of Diageo) was to buy Bells in 1985 Dufftown single malt whisky continues to be used in the Bells blend however is also used in a Diageo whisky ‘The Real Mackenzie’ aimed at the Asian Pacific market.
Dufftown continues to be one of Diageo’s most productive distilleries producing more than 4 million litres of whisky every year. There were some rare independent bottlings from Dufftown however the launch of ‘The Singleton of Dufftown’ in 2006 put malt whisky produced here on the map. This 12 year old replaced the 15 year old malt which was part of Diageo’s Flora & Fauna range.
Taste: Smooth, rich and medium bodied with a strong hint of the bourbon cask where this 12 year old spent its formative years.
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