Monday, July 01, 2024


The Edinburgh based Aceo Spirits, has today announced plans to reopen the Dallas Dhu Distillery in Forres.

The company aims to bring the distillery back into production for the first time since 1983, and transform the site into a state-of-the-art visitor attraction.

Dallas Dhu Distillery to reopen

Aceo is committed to preserving the historic fabric of Dallas Dhu and its unique heritage, while embracing modern technologies for sustainable distilling practices, with their goal being to create a destination that celebrates Scotch whisky and its enduring legacy.

The distillery’s commitment to giving back to the community and sustainability is at the forefront of the restoration project, with plans to minimise environmental impact and enhance wildlife and biodiversity at the site.

Aceo, has been involved in the Scotch whisky industry for 25 years, and has built its own successful spirit brands including the award-winning Murray McDavid.

Commenting on the news, Edward Odim, Managing Director at Aceo, said: "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.”

Edward went onto say: "As part of the project, together with local organisations, Aceo will host an array of events including art exhibitions, workshops, concerts and cèilidhs – the hope is for Dallas Dhu to become a hub of community life for all to enjoy. Aceo’s investment in Dallas Dhu Distillery will create jobs, increase tourism and economic activity in the area.”

In 1986, the Dallas Dhu distillery was sold to Historical Scotland, who ran the site as a whisky museum.

Posted by Steve Rush