Hello malt lovers
Here’s another wee whisky that the LCBO has just put on their shelves (5 stores only), a very rare 1975 DALLAS DHU from a distillery that went silent in 1983. Fortunately we still had a few bottles put aside and some have been shipped to Canada for release this week. Very limited numbers, if you’re a collector you may wish to buy two bottles – one as an investment and the other to enjoy.
I know what you’re thinking, “how come all these whiskies are so expensive?” and this one is no exception at $250 per bottle but, don’t be dismayed we have a 10yo Benromach coming over for Robert Burns day in January which is not only priced very reasonably (without being parsimonious) but it’s also being called ‘dead sexy’ by some connoisseurs.
Let me know if you’re attending any tastings locally and I’ll publish to the group and try and join you.
Malt head and owner of a brand new anorak
Claymore Imports Inc.
1975 Dallas Dhu (LCBO # 208603)
Dallas Dhu was the idea of an entrepreneur named Alexander Edward. In 1898, he built two new distilleries on land outside Forres – Benromach and Dallasmore. Both were in response to the demand for malt whisky for blending.
Before Dallasmore went into production in 1899, Edward sold the distillery to the Glasgow blending firm of Wright & Greig Ltd. They wanted the distillery to ensure a supply of malt for their popular blend, Roderick Dhu. To emphasise the link, they changed the distillery’s name to Dallas Dhu.
The distillery employed a manager, a brewer, and a number of other staff – around 15 men in all. These were divided up into different groups, each headed by a lead man. Workers included the maltman, the mashman, the stillman, the warehouseman and the cooper. The men were expected to turn their hand to anything from unloading barley and shovelling peat to rolling out the barrels. The exception was the taxman, he was employed by Customs and Excise and not the distillery, although the latter had to provide him with a house and office!
Dallas Dhu Distillery produced whisky from 1899 to 1983. The first barrel was filled on 3 June 1899, and the last on 16 March 1983. In the intervening years, it had a chequered existence. During the First World War it was closed. After the War, Wright & Greig sold it to J. P. O’Brien & Co Ltd of Glasgow, but they went into liquidation in 1921, and Dallas Dhu was sold to Benmore Distillery.The new owners invested heavily in developments to the site, including a new railway siding. But the Great Depression forced closure in the early 1930s. Soon after reopening production, the distillery was badly damaged by fire, on 9 April 1939. Production began again in 1947, but was finally closed in 1983, largely because of a water shortage caused by prolonged drought.
Nose: Fruity notes – fresh pear and peaches. Subtle estery influences, a delicate malt edge is present. A complex aroma.
Palate: Mouth watering, remains fresh – peach elements, a subtle vanilla comes to the forefront.
Nose: Prominent malty note, with more subtle influences of fresh and ripe water melons. A subtle chocolate coffee note becomes apparent.
Palate: Heavy tropical fruits initially, retains a certain freshness and becomes mouth drying.
You can order directly from any LCBO store quoting LCBO# 208603 at a cost of at $250 or pick up at one of these locations.
1. TORONTO-CENTRAL 2 COOPER STREET
QUEENS QUAY & YONGE
2. TORONTO-CENTRAL 10 SCRIVENER SQUARE
YONGE & SUMMERHILL
3. OTTAWA 275 RIDEAU STREET
RIDEAU & KING EDWARD
4. OAKVILLE 321 CORNWALL DRIVE
CORNWALL & TRAFALGAR
5. TORONTO-NORTH YORK 2901 BAYVIEW AVENUE
BAYVIEW & SHEPPARD (BAYVIEW VILLAGE)
Also arriving very soon: Benromach 10 yo and a Glen Grant, we`ll keep you posted.