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Issue 76 - Ten of the best

Whisky Magazine Issue 76
November 2008

 

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Ten of the best

Gavin D Smith looks at 10 lost distilleries we should all try and visit.

Here in the ‘lost distilleries' corner of Whisky Magazine we are celebrating a decade of publication by nominating our top 10 ‘lost distilleries,' using the criteria that a significant physical presence must remain for readers who seek out these distilleries for themselves.

Some have previously featured in this slot, while others have not.

We begin with two of the best preserved,non-operational Victorian distilleries in Scotland, namely Dallas Dhu and Parkmore.

Dallas Dhu (Issue 72) near Forres, heads our list on the basis that it is a superb example of a surviving distillery dating from the latter years of the great Victorian whisky boom that spawned so many of Scotland's distilleries. It was closed during the 1980s by the Distillers Company Ltd (DCL), in common with many other distilleries featured in this series, but its fate was happier than most.

Rather than just looking at a boarded up, crumbling shell or at structures converted for other usage, today's visitor is able to explore the splendidly preserved ‘guts' of the plant, thanks to the efforts of Historic Scotland.

Externally, just as well preserved is Parkmore distillery in the Speyside ‘whisky capital' of Dufftown.Like Dallas Dhu, Parkmore was a product of the 1890s boom,with the first spirit flowing in 1894, but, unlike Dallas Dhu,Parkmore failed to survive the economically challenging interwar years, closing in 1931.

Although stripped of distilling equipment,Parkmore has remained structurally intact...

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