Gordon & Macphail Dallas Dhu 1979 Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml (Scotland)
Originally named “Dallasmore”, the Dallas Dhu distillery was built in 1898 by Alexander Edward of the Sanquhar estate outside Forres. It featured a pagoda roof designed by Scottish architect Charles C. Doig. When ownership of the distillery changed to Wright & Greig Ltd. in 1899, it was renamed to “Dallas Dhu”. Production began on May 29, 1899, and the first cask was filled on June 3.
Economic pressure and an unreliable water supply forced Dallas Dhu to close in 1983, and its distilling license was withdrawn in 1992. The last barrel was filled on March 16, 1983, although the buildings were re-opened to the public in 1988 under Scotland’s Historic Buildings and Monument Directorate. Historic Scotland has operated the property since its establishment in 1992.
Dallas Dhu has been bottled several times by former owners, however these are hard to procure. This is sought after collector territory for those wanting to secure a colourful piece of Scotch whisky history, and a terrific dram to boot, as testified by Jim Murray’s recent review. Distilled 1979. Bottled 2012.
Tasting note: Pale gold. Attractive citrus and fruit cake like sniffs with sprinklings of sweet spice – cinnamon and clove in particular – then rich vanilla enters. The squeaky clean, semi sweet profile is breakfast bar like (fruit, cereal and honey) with a slather of creamy peat and warm spices finishing fresh and with outstanding length. Nutty, oily, peaty aftertaste. If you’ve never tried this elusive malt – here is the perfect opportunity. 43% Alc./Vol.
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