It’s safe to say that Pernod Ricard boasts the most beautiful classic-looking distillery (Strathisla), the most stunning art deco 20th Century distillery (Tormore), and takes the prize for the most aesthetically-pleasing modern distillery in Dalmunach. Built in 2015 on the site of the old Imperial Distillery, Dalmunach Distillery uses all the technology of the modern age and is incredibly energy efficient, using 40% less gas/electricity and 15% less water than the industry average.
When your production is 10,000,000 litres per annum, then that makes a significant difference to costs and the distillery’s carbon footprint. Many industry insiders were quite surprised when the historic Imperial distillery was demolished, but credit to its innovative owners who recycled elements of the old distillery into the new construction. At present, the plan for Dalmunach is to supply single malt whisky for famous blends like Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, and Royal Salute. For Chivas, the age of the youngest whisky in the blend is 12 years, whilst for Royal Salute it’s 21, therefore there's still a lot of aging to do.
However, so far about 50 Independent Bottlings have already come onto the market. The Duncan Taylor Dalmunach Octave Cask is one example of a bottling winning rave reviews within the whisky enthusiast community. The fermentation time is 56-62 hours, and the four pairs of stills are huge, with the wash stills at 28,000 litres and the spirit stills at 18,000.
Dalmunach Distillery whisky has already shown itself to be very versatile for any exit strategy. The whisky clearly can be bottled young, and it is quite exciting to think about how special it will be when it reaches its milestone ages of 10,12,15,18. The Independent Bottlers are already very interested in these casks, and this has been driven by the whisky enthusiast community.
Other factors to consider are the famous deep-pocketed owners, who know how to make great whisky and possibly in the near future will start marketing and investing in creating the Dalmunach brand. We think that this is the time to closely look at Dalmunach before it becomes established in the pantheon of much-loved Speyside distilleries.
Capacity: 10m litres
Fermentation: 56-62 hours
Casks Used: Bourbon & Sherry
Current Sales: N/A
Recent significant awards: None entered
Independent bottlings: Around 50
To find out more about purchasing Dalmunach casks, contact The Masters today!