Dallas Dhu distillery

Forres, United Kingdom

The Dallas Dhu distillery was a producer of single malt Scotch whisky that operated between 1899 and 1983. Dallas Dhu means 'Black Water Valley' in Gaelic. Its whisky also appeared as a 'Dallas Mhor' single malt. In 1899, Alexander Edward designed the Dallas Dhu distillery at the height of the whisky boom. Later he sold the plans and the distillery was built by the blender Wright and Greg. It was acquired by Benmore Distilleries Ltd, which joined DCL in 1929. The stillhouse was destroyed by a fire in 1939, but rebuilt. Production continued until the distillery closed in 1983; it is now a museum.

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    Roy and Joan The Howels (18 months ago)
    The staff were fantastic and the area was very clean and tidy, but the audio equipment was very poor and we found it very hard to decipher what was being said.
    James Hall (2 years ago)
    A bit of a time capsule and not in a good way. Visiting the distillery was a pretty eery and odd experience. The audio tour equipment is very old and hard to hear, and it's completely self guided. The distillery hasn't been active for a long time and while you can get up close to everything, there's not all that much information besides the method for making whisky. You finish the tour with a video which hasn't been updated since the early 90s at best with a comically green screened Roderick Dhu, and a taste of the similarly named whisky. It's a really average blended whisky - not disgusting but not the kind of whisky you want to taste if you're new to whisky or looking for anything special. Literally the only information we were given about the whisky sample was that you'd feel pretty drunk if you had enough of it. The staff were nice and if there was a better tour it could be good, but there are so many better tours out there. Try and find an active distillery with a tour run by a real person and you'll almost certainly have a much better time of it.
    Reinhard Jurk (2 years ago)
    Great way to explore a distillery, all quiet at your own pace - also with kids
    Andrew Routledge (2 years ago)
    As it is not a working distillery anymore you can really get in amongst the equipment and follow the process. It is self-guided with an audio guide but the staff in the reception/shop answered my questions. Perhaps if you know whisky this wouldn't be informative enough for you and you don't get the smells and heat of a working distillery but then again I'm a working distillery you can't walk into the malt dryer, stick your head in a still or peer into a mash tunn.
    Tracey Binnie (2 years ago)
    The only historic distillery in Scotland, possibly the world, should be on the bucket list of every whisky lover. The tour is very informative and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly.
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