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Dallas Dhu Distillery, The Revival

We at Aceo are delighted to share some thrilling news with our fellow whisky enthusiasts and supporters. Today, marks a great moment in our company’s history as we announce we are reopening the historic Victorian Dallas Dhu Distillery. Built in 1898, this iconic distillery is set to come back into production for the first time since 1983, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey.

Edward Odim, our Managing Director, perfectly captures our sentiments: "The Aceo Team is thrilled to be reopening the historic Dallas Dhu Distillery. Our vision is to make Dallas Dhu one of the leading, must-see whisky distilleries in Scotland, giving visitors a unique, close-up experience of whisky making. The aim is to breathe life back into the distillery by first getting the original equipment working and traditional whisky distilling going once again.”

Our commitment to this project goes beyond whisky production. We are dedicated to giving back to the community and prioritising sustainability throughout the restoration process. Our plans include minimising environmental impact and enhancing wildlife and biodiversity at the site. Additionally, we aim to transform the distillery into an educational hub where visitors can learn about the science and artistry behind whisky production.

Preserving the historic fabric of Dallas Dhu while embracing modern technologies for sustainable distilling practices is at the forefront of our efforts. We aim to create a destination that not only celebrates Scotch whisky but also honours its rich legacy.

In the longer term, we hope to build a new state-of-the-art visitor centre featuring exhibition and museum spaces, along with a café and restaurant for both visitors and locals to enjoy. Our plans include a cooperage display, a working malt floor, and an interactive virtual reality whisky experience that will immerse visitors in the world of Scotland’s famous spirit. Edward Odim further explained, “As well as showing how whisky is made, we intend to shed light on the sometimes hard social and economic history of whisky production in Speyside, Scotland’s largest whisky producing region.”

Our revival plans for Dallas Dhu Distillery include the wider community. Partnering with local organisations, we intend to host a variety of events, such as art exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and cèilidhs. Our goal is to make Dallas Dhu a vibrant hub of community life that everyone can enjoy.

This project promises significant benefits for the local area, including job creation, increased tourism, and enhanced economic activity. We are all very excited by the Dallas Dhu Distillery revival project, which has so much potential. It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves and get going on reviving this jewel in the crown of Scotland’s whisky distilleries.

As we embark on this remarkable journey, we invite you to join us in celebrating the revival of the Dallas Dhu Distillery. Together, we shall create a landmark destination that blends tradition, innovation, and community spirit, ensuring that the legacy of Scotch whisky continues to thrive for generations to come.

Edward Odim, MD at Aceo with Craig Mearns, Director of Operations at HES

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