Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, it was sold after a few years to Andrew and Charles Mackenzie who implemented the deer crest in each bottle. Operating until 1917, when the navy used it as a base to produce deep mines, an operation which led in 1920 to an explosion of one of these and related major damage. It remained owned by the Mackenzie family until 1960 when it was bought by Whyte & Mackay who already used a large amount of it for their blends. Curiosity: According to legend, the coat of arms of the deer was given to Colin of Kitail, head of the Mackenzie clan, in 1263 by King Alexander III of Scotland as a prize for having saved him from an angry deer during a hunt. Dalmore can be translated as “big meadowland”, a name acquired from the area in which it stands

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