Dailuaine was built by a farmer called William Mackenzie in 1851. Following the founder's death in 1865 his wife Jane leased the distillery to a banker called James Fleming, who went into business with Mackenzie's son in 1879. After rebuilding work in 1884, Dailuaine became one of the largest distilleries in the Highlands at the time. Read More »
There aren't many bottlings from Dailuaine, distillery or independent, and this sticks out as even rarer due to it being one of the fabled Manager's drams - single casks chosen by the distillery managers and originally given to friends of the distillery.
A 1971 bottling of Dailuaine by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. The distillery's claim to fame is that it was home to Scotland's first pagoda roof, a useful way for distilleries to improve the flow of smoke out of the building from the peat fires in the maltings.
A 1973 vintage Dailuaine, bottled in the mid-1990s at 22 years old as part of the Rare Malts collection. Despite its two decades in wood it has maintained a lot of its strength, coming in at an eye watering 60.92% ABV.