Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition Pouch
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Dalwhinnie – or “Plain of Meetings” in Gaelic – is named for its location at a junction of old drove roads, between two mountain ranges. It shares the title of highest distillery in Scotland with Braeval. Dalwhinnie is said to be 352m above sea level and Braeval 354m. But we figure standing on a ladder or bouncing on a trampoline at Dalwhinnie will briefly make you the highest distillery visitor in Scotland.
Built in 1897, Dalwhinnie was originally called the Strathspey Distillery Co and built under the guidance of the John Grant, Alex Mackenzie and George Sellar. The bill for the construction work was just £10,000. Production at Dalwhinnie started in February 1898 - but the owners soon encountered financial problems and the original name 'Strathspey' was changed to 'Dalwhinnie' when it was sold (for £1,250) to new owners.
The village of Dalwhinnie is said to be the coldest settlement in the UK, with an average annual temperature of just 6.6ºC
Only 16 distilleries in Scotland use traditional ‘worm tub’ condensers and Dalwhinnie is one of them. Dalwhinnie’s very low ambient temperature means that the worms are naturally very cold, resulting in very fast condensation of spirit vapour and a sulphury new make spirit.
In 1986, during modernisation programme, the worms were removed and industry standard ‘shell and tube’ condensers put in. The character of the spirit changed overnight, so in 1995 the condensers came out and worms were re-installed. Some say that even then the character wasn’t quite the same as in the past.
Dalwhinnie’s heavy sulphurous character as a new make spirit means it needs longer in cask to reach maturity. It’s with the wait though. Dalwhinnie 15 resides amongst Diageo’s ‘Classic Malts’ series and we reckon it’s the hidden gem. Dalwhinnie Distillers edition is a further step up and delivers incredible value for money.