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    Dailuaine Single Malt Whisky

    Dailuaine is a distillery located in Charlestown-of-Aberlour, Strathspey. It was originally built in 1852 by William Mackenzie, and was the first distillery to be fitted with a ‘pagoda’ roof – a design by Charles Doig which later became the standard roof shape you see on most Scottish distilleries. Unfortunately a fire destroyed most of the building in 1917 and production stopped for 3 years while the distillery was being rebuilt. In 1925 the distillery was bought by Distillers Company Limited (which later became part of Diageo).

    Dailuaine may not have much of an international profile, but in terms of production capabilities it is actually one of the largest Diageo distilleries with an annual capacity of 3.4 million litres. Only 2% of the spirit produced here is retained for single malts, with the majority being used for blends such as Jonnie Walker, meaning official distillery bottlings of Dailuaine single malt are incredibly rare.

    A 16 year old expression was released as part of the Flora & Fauna series and a 22 year old cask strength as part of the Rare Malts series in 1991 and 1996 respectively. A very exclusive Manager’s Dram, aged for 17 years in a sherry cask and selected by the distillery manager, was released to friends of the distillery in 2002. A further 11 year old sherry cask bottling was released as part of Diageo’s Managers’ Choice range in 2009. Aside from these limited releases, Dailuaine fans have had to make do with a number of independent bottlings issued by companies including Gordon & Macphail and Hunter Laing.

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