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Alexander Matheson founded the Dalmore Distillery in 1839 but by 1867, three MacKenzie brothers were running it for the Matheson family. Alexander Matheson passed away in 1886 and 5 years later the distillery was sold by Sir Kenneth Matheson to the Mackenzie brothers.
Interestingly, in 1917 during the first world war, the Royal Navy occupied the distillery and used it to manufacture American mines. They moved out in 1920 leaving a distillery partially damaged by an explosion. It took until 1922 for the distillery to enter production of whisky again.
In 1956 the traditional floor malting was replaced by a Saladin Box which is a large instrument for malting barley.
In 1960 the Mackenzie Brothers (Dalmore) Ltd merged with Whyte & Mackay. Whyte & Mackay was purchased by American Brands in 1990 and 6 years later Whyte & Mackay changed their name to JBB (Greater Europe). A series of buyovers and name changes took place until 2002 when Kyndal Spirits was changed back to Whyte & Mackay.
Notes courtesy of Malt Whisky Yearbook 2013
Highland - 70cl / 50%
This is part of the new breed of OMCs from Hunter Laing. Distilled in October 1996, 371 bottles were charged in May 2013. On the nose is grassy and malty with delicate custard and fresh apples. The palate continues the malty theme with the addition of orchard fruit notes leading to a vanilla sweetn…
Highland - 70cl / 44%
This is the resurrection of Dalmore's Cigar Malt. The original was discontinued in 2009 but such was the popularity of the original whisky, Dalmore decided to release a new one which uses slightly older expressions. 44% alcohol by volume with aromas of orange marmalade, honey and citrus fruit…
Highland - 70cl / 43%
A rich, lush, sherried Dalmore expression. Fruity notes of succulent orange, strawberry rhubarb tart, and sultana on a bed of toffee and vanilla. A peppering of cinnamon, lemon rock candy, chocolate-covered coffee bean and lavender adds complexity. One change that we (and quite a few in the industry…
Highland - 70cl / 40%
The blue print for this whisky is similar to the 12 year old. 12 years spent in ex-bourbon casks before finishing in sherry wood. It is truly beautiful from start to finish. Hints of cloves and ginger on a rich and full-bodied palate which has orange tones. Mouthwatering and sweet. Superb.
Highland - 70cl / 40%
This whisky is matured for its first nine years in American ex-bourbon casks then half is moved to 30 year old matusalem sherry casks for the remaining maturation period before being remarried with the other half. A rich and elegant dram that carries a fresh and clean nose with aromas of oran…