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Dalmore Distillery

Dalmore Distillery

Dalmore is one of the best companies for your cigar due to the fruity, smooth, silky whisky they produce. A true single malt scotch whisky with dried fruits and cereal combined with the strangest distillation procedure.


3of the wash stills at Dalmore distillery has a capacity of 13,000 litres while the 4th wash still tops them with having the capacity of 26,000 litres. The spirit stills has a water cooler around their necks to help with the reflux... Once again, one of the quartet is twice the size! Because of the size difference and the fact that the spirit stills are charged when the low wines and feints receiver is full, the strength of the charge to those stills varies, creating different end flavours. Though it may appear random to outsiders, not to worry, it is controlled by highly experienced stillmen. Before being casked, all of these distillates are vatted. 

The process of condensing is also unusual at Dalmore. The external shell and tube condensers lie horizontally and are used in spirit stills. This is similar to the old worm pipe that was found in the burn outside the still house.

The most commonly used maturation vessels are ex-Sherry casks, and unlike many distilleries, ex-solera casks that have been soaked in oloroso and PX Sherry for decades are preferred over the oak-driven bespoke casks that are now common across the industry.

History of Dalmore whisky distillery

The distillery was founded by Alexander Matheson who had gained his money as a partner in Jardine Matheson, a trading corporation that had taken over from the East India Company and was overseeing opium trade exports into China at the time. 

The Mackenzie family took over the lease (and later ownership) in 1878, and it remained in the family until 1960, when one of Dalmore's largest clients, Whyte & Mackay, acquired it. For many years, Dalmore's presence in the world of single malt was limited to a 12-year-old expression, despite being a significant contributor to W&M's blends. However, recently the range has expanded dramatically, with a core range of 12, 15, 18, and 25-years-old, as well as no-age-statement specialities like King Alexander III, Cigar Malt, and an ever-growing selection of luxury expressions like the Constellation range (which spans vintages from 1964 to 1992) and 1951 'Sirius'. The high end of the market sees prices in the five digits on a regular basis.

The current custodian of the distillery is a Filipino group Emperador.

Highland Region

Highland is the greatest of all whisky regions and provides a huge variety of different flavours and characters. It goes from the lighter whiskies all the way through salty coastal malts.

While malts from the West Highland distilleries tend to have a sweet start and dryish finish, the far North Highland malts character are greatly influenced by the local soil and the coastal location of the distilleries giving light bodied whiskies with a spicy character and a dryish finish, sometimes with a trace of saltiness. Central, Southern and Eastern Highland malt whiskies are generally quite a mixed bunch. Fruity and sweet. They are lighter bodied with a tendency to have a dry finish.


Whisky Type

Single Malt

Distillery Status






Fermentation Time


Grist weight (T)


Malt specification


Mash Tun Material

Stainless Steel

New-Make Strength


Spirit Still Charge (L)


Spirit Still Size (L)



Racked and Dunnage

Wash Still Shape

Lantern with cropped head and lyne arm extending from upper deck

Washback Type




Yeast type


Condenser type

Shell and tube

Filling strength


Heat source

Steam coils

Malt supplier


Mash Tun Type

Fixed Lauter

Single Malt percentage


Spirit still shape



6 (3 wash, 3 spirit)

Washback type

Stainless steel

Water source

Loch Morie

Parent company

Emperador Distillers Inc

Current owner

Whyte and Mackay Group


+44 1349 882362



Dalmore Distillery
IV17 0UT
United Kingdom

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