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The History Of Dalwhinnie

People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, with this brief Dalwhinnie timeline.

1897

1897

Purpose-built by a consortium of whisky businessmen where the Great North Road and the Highland Railway meet, the distillery was first called Strathspey.

1898

1898

Production begins but the owners go into liquidation instead of liquid. A man by the name of A. P. Blyth buys it for his son and renames it Dalwhinnie – which means plain of meetings. A reference to the location at a junction of old drove roads, between two mountain ranges.

1905

1905

The largest US distillers, Cook & Bernbeimer buy the distillery at auction. The pair begin blending Dalwhinnie with other whiskies “...to suit the American palate.”

1919

1919

Prohibition is about to hit and the US firm sells Dalwhinnie to Macdonald, Greenlees & Williams Ltd.

1934

1934

A fire wrecks the distillery, causing a four year closure, with rebuilding hampered by bitterly cold winters and twenty foot snow drifts.

1968

1968

The Malting floors are decommissioned.

1986

1986

A complete refurb closes the distillery again.

1994

1994

Dalwhinnie is confirmed by the Met. Office as having the coldest average recorded temperature - 6.0c - of any inhabited Scottish region.