Last updated on September 28th, 2020
The Out About Scotland complete guide to the Speyside Whisky Trail Day Three
- Glen Moray
- Dallas Dhu
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Glen Moray Distillery
About the Glen Moray distillery
Situated on the banks of the river Lossie in Elgin, the Glen Moray distillery has been producing fine single malt whisky since its founding in 1897. Originally a brewery, the owner Robert Thorne converted his business into whisky production after realising that quality spirits that could be created from the clear waters of the nearby river.
The business has changed ownership several times during its history but it’s now owned and managed by the La Martiniquaise company which uses the output from Glen Moray in their own blends, as well as producing some good quality single malts.
The distillery has expanded production to three stills and currently produces over five and a half million litres of spirit per year, and taking part in one of their tours allows you to see their distilling process first-hand as well as giving you the chance to sample some of their fine single malts.
Another draw to this distillery is the fact that it’s sited in the Speyside capital city of Elgin so after a tour of the plant you can spend the remainder of the day wandering around the historic city. While you’re there make sure you check out Elgin Cathedral which features fantastic views from the top of its towers. You can find out more about it in my Complete Guide to Elgin Cathedral.
Telephone: 01343 550 900
Email: [email protected]
About the Benromach distillery
Benromach is one of those distilleries that insists on creating the perfect whisky by age-old methods which can be seen everywhere you go on a tour of the complex.
Not only is every cask hand filled but Benromach refuses to use computers or pressure gauges to control the distilling process. Instead, everything is monitored and managed by human touch, smell, and sight, backed up by years of experience. It really is like stepping back in time at this distillery, and all the better for it in my opinion.
The distillery was founded way back in 1898 by Duncan McCallum and F.W. Brickman, two experienced businessmen in the field of Scottish whisky who sought to utilise their combined knowledge to produce fine Speyside whisky themselves.
Unfortunately, there was a great depression in the industry at the time and they had to close their doors shortly after due to a lack of money. Over the next hundred years the business was sold and re-purchased by many owners until 1993 when the Gordon and MacPhail company took over.
A complete restoration of the distillery was instigated in 1997 when the owners took the decision to revert the stills and machinery back to similar types that were used in the 19th century.
This meant that the old-style production methods could be used once again and to date it appears the whisky-loving public appreciates this style of production, because in 2014 Benromach won gold at the World Whisky Awards.
Telephone: 01309 675 968
Email: [email protected]
Dallas Dhu Distillery
About the Dallas Dhu distillery
The last distillery in our Speyside whisky itinerary is slightly different to the others as it’s not actually privately owned but is in fact owned and managed by the Historic Environment Scotland trust. It’s earliest days were rather different though.
In 1899 businessman Alexander Edward decided that the Scottish whisky boom meant that a profitable distillery would be warmly welcomed by the Forres community and so Dallasmore was born (later changed to Dallas Dhu).
The distillery continued to make fine single malts up until 1983, but economic pressures and an unreliable water supply forced Dallas Dhu to close in that year.
Luckily for whisky-lovers the world over this small piece of Scottish history has been kept alive thanks to Historic Environment Scotland’s tireless work to restore the buildings so that today they’re just as they would have looked way back at the end of the 19th century.
The trust also serves to educate the public about the history of Scotland and it’s whisky heritage, and audio guides and various presentations are provided to educate visitors and keep the story of Dallas Dhu alive.
You can find out more about this attraction with my Guide to the Dallas Dhu distillery.
Telephone: 01309 676548
If you liked this itinerary check out The Out About Scotland Guide to the Scotch Whisky Regions and if you’d like to learn how to cook with whisky read my Guide to Delicious Scotch Whisky Recipies.
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