An auctioneer's guide to Dalmore, the Highland's most collectable Scotch whisky distillery

Dalmore distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson. It was taken over by the Mackenzie family in 1878 and remained family owned until 1960, when one of Dalmore's biggest customers, Whyte & Mackay, took control of the distillery. Always a significant contributor to blends, the Dalmore 12 Year Old expression was one of the few single malt bottlings from the distillery. In recent times, the core range has expanded and luxury expressions such as the Constellation collection (21 vintage malts from 1964 to 1992) were released. Under the watchful eye and reliable nose of master blender Richard Paterson, the distillery has also bottled a swathe of remarkably long-aged whiskies, including The Dalmore Candela 50 Year Old and a 62 Year Old expression which broke auction records when it sold for nearly £26000 in the early 2000s, a price which has been eclipsed by today's market value.

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