Dallas Dhu Distillery to Reopen: Whisky Production Restarts in Historic Distillery

In an exciting development for whisky enthusiasts and history buffs alike, Aceo and Historic Environment Scotland have unveiled plans to reopen the historic Dallas Dhu Distillery

Built in 1898, this Victorian distillery will not only resume production on the 1st of July 2024 for the first time since 1983 but will also be transformed into a state-of-the-art visitor attraction. 

Located beside the scenic Dava Way, Dallas Dhu’s reopening marks a new chapter in the rich history of Scotch whisky, offering a blend of tradition, innovation, and community spirit.

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What Happened to Dallas Dhu Distillery?

Dallas Dhu Distillery has a storied history. Built in 1898 by Alexander Edward of the Sanquhar estate, it features a distinctive pagoda-style roof designed by Scottish architect Charles C. Doig. The distillery’s operation was primarily powered by steam engines and a large water wheel until it converted to electricity in the 1950s.

Timeline of Key Events

  • 1899: ‘Dallasmore’ distillery built by Alexander Edward
  • 1909: Whisky taxes increased by David Lloyd George
  • 1919: Distillery sold to J P O’Brien & Co
  • 1921: Distillery sold to Benmore Distillers
  • 1928: Benmore was acquired by Distillers Company (DCL); the distillery closed
  • 1936: Distillery reopened by DCL subsidiary Scottish Malt Distillers
  • 1939: Fire damages building and machinery; distillery closed
  • 1947: Distillery re-opens post-WWII
  • 1956: Worm tubs replaced
  • 1964: New washbacks, boiler, and mash tun installed
  • 1966: Elevator installed in the malt barn
  • 1969: Stills replaced
  • 1971: Converted from coal heat to oil-fired steam heat
  • 1983: Last barrel filled before closure
  • 1988: Re-opened to the public
  • 1992: Historic Scotland takes over
  • 1993: Distilling license withdrawn
  • 2024: Whisky production to restart and a new visitor centre to be constructed

Bringing Back the Spirit of Dallas Dhu

Edward Odim, Managing Director of Aceo, expressed the team’s excitement about the project: “Our vision is to make Dallas Dhu one of the leading, must-see whisky distilleries in Scotland, giving visitors a unique, close-up experience of whisky making. The aim is to breathe life back into the distillery by first getting the original equipment working and traditional whisky distilling going once again.”

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Commitment to Community and Sustainability

This restoration project is not just about whisky production. The company is dedicated to minimising environmental impact and enhancing wildlife and biodiversity at the site. The distillery will also serve as an educational hub, offering insights into the science and artistry behind whisky production.

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Long-Term Vision for the Distillery

Odim elaborated on Aceo’s long-term plans: “Longer term, the plan is for a state-of-the-art visitor centre with exhibition and museum space, and a café/restaurant, to be enjoyed by visitors and the local community. There will be a cooperage display, a working malt floor, and an interactive virtual reality whisky experience, exploring Scotland’s famous spirit.”

In addition to showcasing whisky production, Aceo aims to highlight the social and economic history of whisky production in Speyside, Scotland’s largest whisky-producing region.

Reviving a Jewel in Scotland’s Whisky Crown

The revival of Dallas Dhu Distillery is a project brimming with potential. The restoration will breathe new life into this historic site, transforming it into a hub of community life and a beacon of economic activity.

Together with local organisations, Aceo plans to host various events, including art exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and cèilidhs. This initiative aims to make Dallas Dhu a central part of the community, fostering cultural engagement and enjoyment for all.

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