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Dallas Dhu Scotch Whisky Review

Dallas Dhu Scotch whisky distillery founded in 1899 was designed by the renowned architect Charles Doig.


The word 'Dallas' is derived from the Gaelic word 'dalais', which means Valley or water. The word 'Dhu' Means black and is derived from the Gaelic word 'Dhub'. Whether Dhu is a reference to dark water or a dark valley is undecided.


On April 9th, 1939 a fire destroyed the still house. However later in 1939 the still house was rebuilt. The Distillery remained silent during the war and started distilling again in 1947.

The distillery was extended in the 1950's and 1960's. Electricity did not reach Dallas Dhu until the 1950's and the water wheel still contributed to the power pool into the 1970's.  


However, the investments failed to increase efficiency and the owners (United Distillers, today’s Diageo) made the decision to close Dallas Dhu for good in 1983.


Dallas Dhu has fared much better than many other closed distilleries and in 1988 reopened as living museum, which displays the entire whisky production process, by Scotland's Historic Buildings and Monuments Directorate. The visitor centre includes a shop, picnic area and refreshments. The tour is in the self-guided audio-visual style full details including open times can found at:


Dallas Dhu Whisky Tasting Notes


Distillery Style


Nose :      Freshly baked biscuits.

Palate :    A beautifully complex whisky with barley sugar

                sweetness, honey, butterscotch, dried fruits and a

                 rich velvety chocolate note.

Finish :    Barley, butterscotch, rich chocolate.




Dallas Dhu   1982  Signatory Vintage  43%


Nose :      Light and malty, fresh with summer fruits.

Palate :     Quite floral with heather, honey, citrus fruit and

                  a gentle maltiness.

Finish :     Short and light.




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Dallas Dhu 1982 Vintage Whisky