Dalmore distillery

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Dalmore Distillery
Dalmore Distillery reception house in Alness
Dalmore Distillery reception house in Alness
Region: Highland
Location Alness
Owner Whyte and Mackay
Founded 1839
Status Operational
Water source Alness river
Number of stills 4 wash 16.500 + 8.250 liters
4 spirit 11.000 +7.300 liters[1]
Capacity 4,200,000 litres
The 12, The 15, The 18
Type Single Malt
Age(s) 12,[2] 15,[3] 18[4]
ABV 40–43
Gran Reserva[5]
Type Single Malt
Age(s) 10–15
ABV 40
Dalmore King Alexander III[6]
Type Single Malt
ABV 40

The Dalmore is a distillery in Alness, Scotland, located about 20 mi (32 km) north of Inverness. The waters of the River Alness (River Averon), which runs through the village, are used to produce its whiskies.

The distillery is best known for producing a single malt scotch whisky of the same name. Its location and flavour qualify it as a "Highland malt". The Dalmore distillery is owned and operated by Whyte and Mackay Ltd, which is owned by Philippines based Emperador Inc.[7]


The Distillery was established in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, a trader who made his fortune in illegal opium imports from the Far East. It sits on the banks of the Cromarty Firth overlooking the Black Isle, the "big meadowland", from which it takes its name. The distillery was bought by the MacKenzie family in 1886.

It has been passed down that in 1263, a predecessor of the Clan MacKenzie saved King Alexander III from a rampaging stag whilst out hunting. In reward, the King allowed him to bear the Royal emblem of a 12-pointed stag in his coat of arms. Recently, the MacKenzie motto Luceo non Uro or I shine, not burn has also been taken up by Dalmore.

In a renewed effort to popularise the brand, the packaging was recently re-designed, which includes the addition of the Dalmore's "twelve-pronged stag" from the clan crest on each bottle.


The award-winning Dalmore Single Highland Malt Whisky Collection is matured in a wooden casks (both sherry wood and American white oak) which, along with the years and the climate, contributes to the flavour of each malt.

The Dalmore is aimed at both the mainstream and high-class markets. "The 50" is the oldest, and most expensive, whisky sold by the distillery, and only available 10 cl bottles, of which only 242 were produced. Apart from winning a Gold Quality Award at the 2006 World Quality Selections, organized by Monde Selection,[8] "the 40" won gold at the International Wine and Spirit Challenge Awards in both 2007 and 2008.

Dalmore Single Highland Malt Whisky is distributed in Australia by Think Spirits.


Dalmore offerings have generally performed very well at international spirit ratings competitions. Posting solid ratings at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Beverage Testing Institute, the 18-year in particular has done well. Proof66 rates the Dalmore 18-Year amongst the Top 20 scotches in the world.[9]

Record price[edit]

  • On 15 April 2005, a bottle of 62-year-old Dalmore was sold by Denis Barthe, Bar Manager of the Ascot Bar at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot Surrey, for £32,000. The blend was a mix of five casks, from 1868, 1878, 1922, 1926 and 1939. Only 12 bottles were produced.[10]
  • In 2010 the distillery completed production of Dalmore Trinitas, so called because only three bottles were produced. The first two bottles sold for £100,000 each.[11] According to the distillery website, the final bottle was sold in Harrods in London for £120,000 in 2011.[12]


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Coordinates: 57°41′18.28″N 4°14′22.13″W / 57.6884111°N 4.2394806°W / 57.6884111; -4.2394806 (Dalmore Distillery)