Dudhope distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Dundee’s only known legal distillery, Dudhope survived from 1817-26 and is thought to have been converted into a brewery following its closure. Despite having just one distillery in its history, Dundee became one of six Scottish ports authorised to export whisky, so several very successful merchants, brokers and blenders were established there. The last of these, Stewart and Son of Dundee Limited, which made the blend Cream of the Barley, moved from the city to Dumbarton in the 1990s.

The distillery stood downhill from Dudhope Castle on the south side of Lochee Road between Smellies Lane and Blinshall Street. The entire area was packed with industrial and commercial businesses which went through decades of decline and in the post-war years many old buildings, including the distillery/brewery, were demolished. Today part of the Dunhope distillery site is a car showroom. 

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Dudhope History

The distillery was first licensed in 1817 to Pat Alexander and Co. The firm was dissolved in 1818 but distilling continued for some years under the Dudhope Distilling Co. It was then licensed to John Morris from 1825-26, when it finally closed. 


  • 1817 Dudhope distillery is opened by Pat Alexander and Co.
  • 1818 Distilling continues at Dudhope with a name change from Pat Alexander and Co. to the Dudhope Distilling Co.
  • 1825 The distillery is licensed to John Morris, who distilled for only one year
  • 1826 John Morris ceases trading and the distillery is closed


Lochee Road
United Kingdom

See also

  • Stewart & Son of Dundee Stewart & Son of Dundee Stewart & Son of Dundee Blender

    Stewart & Son of Dundee

    Creator of the Cream of the Barley blended Scotch brand.

  • Angus Dundee Distillers Angus Dundee Distillers Angus Dundee Distillers Distiller & blender

    Angus Dundee Distillers

    Privately-owned distiller and blender.

  • Ailsa Bay Ailsa Bay Ailsa Bay Distillery & brand

    Ailsa Bay

    Flexible Lowlands distillery situated within the Girvan complex producing a range of malt styles.

  • Annandale Annandale Annandale Distillery


    Annandale produces two types of single malt whisky, neither of which will be ready until 2018.

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