Opening times: 1 April - 30 September - Daily - 9.30 am to 5.30 pm; 1 October - 31 March - Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun - 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. £5.50.
Visitors can make their way around the distillery museum at their own pace with an audio "wand" to describe the various production processes. The opportunity to get up close and personal with distillery equipment is unlikely to occur at any other distillery. And you still get a dram at the end of the tour, albeit a blend - as the single malt from Dallas Dhu hasn't been in production for 30 years and doesn't retail for less than three figures these days.
Built as part of the late 19th century whisky boom before the Pattison scandal, this was in fact the last distillery built that century. as with many others in that era it was designed by Charles Chree Doig, the inventor of the pagoda roof for kilns.
Closed in 1983, it re-opened as a museum run by Historic Scotland in 1988. Diageo also closed Banff, Brora, Glen Albyn, Glen Mhor, Knockdhu, North Port and St. Magdalene around the same time. Brora is essentially a museum on the same site as Clynelish Distillery; Knockdhu was acquired by Inver House and has re-opened, but the others are all demolished, with only St Magdalene having recognisable remains - the pagoda roofs being preserved on top of the flats it has been converted into.
Historic Scotland announced in March 2013 that they had commissioned a feasibility study into re-starting distillation at Dallas Dhu using traditional methods of production. The aim seems to be to make it more of a working museum to enhance its status as a visitor attraction.
Malt Madness, Undiscovered Scotland, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk whisky.com
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Dallas Dhu Distillery is just off Mannachie Road, a left turn from the Grantown Road on the outskirts of Forres, 2 miles from Forres Station (FOR). Live Train Times.
Dallas Dhu doesn't have a range as such, but there have been occasional bottlings from Diageo, some bottled for the current owners, Historic Scotland, and slightly more bottlings from Independent bottlers.
Was a significant contributor to the Roderick Dhu and Benmore blends.
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Nearest Bike shops
Stuarts Cycles & Sports Goods 32 High Street, Forres 01309 672432
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Dallas Dhu Distillery are available on Flickr.