Long lost Campbeltown whisky is reborn
New Dalaruan expression triumphs with prestigious Gold medal
Boutique Scotch whisky producer, The Lost Distillery Company (TLDC) has extended its award-winning range to include a modern day expression of long lost Campbeltown malt, Dalaruan. The new blend has already scooped a Gold medal at the annual Scotch Whisky Masters.
A local distilling dynasty, Dalaruan Distillery, was founded in 1825 and played an integral part in the rise of Campbeltown as the ‘whisky capital’ of Scotland. At its height, the region had 34 working distilleries, which has decreased over the last century to just three. The triple-distilled whisky was a key component of the world-famous Greenlees’ Bros blend, ‘Lorne’. When the industry collapsed, the distillery was sold at auction in 1925 but its legend lives on.
In the words of Scotland’s leading whisky expert, Charles Maclean, the new Dalaruan Classic (43% ABV) offers a ‘light and accessible’ Campbeltown style whisky with a ‘sweet and maritime taste, followed by a warming finish with a hint of pepper.’
Dalaruan Classic will initially be launched in the UK, the Netherlands, Hungary and France with plans to launch into 15 markets across the world in the next year. The whisky is available at selected retailers including The Whisky Shop, as well as on TLDC’s online shop in the UK.
Over 100 Scotch whisky distilleries have permanently closed in the last century. Despite being renowned for their excellent quality malts, the distilleries largely shut down due to the effects of war, politics and globalisation. TLDC brings the stories of these famed sites and their people to life, to offer handcrafted blended malt Scotch whiskies. TLDC’s ever-expanding collection features three selections of whiskies moving from the accessible, Classic through to extra mature Archivist Selection and very rare and collectable Vintage range. These include modern day interpretations of spirits from long lost distilleries including Auchnagie, Stratheden, Towiemore, Jericho, Gerston and Lossit and now Dalaruan.
Scott Watson, Co-Founder of The Lost Distillery Company said: “Once a well-known Campbeltown malt, Dalaruan has been lost for nearly 100 years.
“We have conducted an in-depth research project to establish how this this long lost whisky might have tasted all those year ago then pay homage to its heritage by creating a modern expression. We are thrilled to be able to toast Dalaruan’s rich history in the Scotch whisky industry and hope everyone has the opportunity to taste this piece of treasured history today”
TLDC is thriving with availability in nearly 50 markets worldwide. Last year, the company announced its new brand home at The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House in Ayrshire, one of Scotland’s finest stately homes and estates, which was rescued by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007.