The agency Historic Scotland, who safeguards the nation’s historic environment on behalf of the Scottish government, is thinking about producing its own whisky. This is part of a grander plan to transform one of the Speyside distilleries into a major tourist attraction.
The Dallas Dhu distillery in Moray has been closed as a working distillery since 1983 but the agency owned and managed the site as a visitor attraction for 15 years. Recently Historic Scotland held a feasibility study to explore the possibility of restarting whisky production and thus expanding the distillery into a national visitor centre for Scotland’s national drink. Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop states that while bringing the distillery back into production, they will guarantee the historic value of the site. While other distilleries are investing in new distilling techniques, Dallas Dhu will show visitors a traditional distilling process in order to offer a unique view in this world famous product.
The Dallas Dhu distillery was owned by Alexander Edward in 1899 and sold before it had gone into production to Wright and Greig Ltd. in Glasgow. They changed the original name Dallasmore in Dallas Dhu. After the First World War the distillery was sold to Benmore Distillery and they continued production until 1983. They closed Dallas Dhu because of a water shortage. Historic Scotland has maintained the distillery ever since.