About Cardhu Whisky Distillery
2 390 000 litres
Knockando, Aberlour, Moray AB38 7RY
The whisky smuggler John Cumming founds an illicit distillery.
John Cumming applies for and obtains a licence for Cardhu Distillery.
John Cumming dies and his son Lewis takes over.
Lewis dies and his wife Elizabeth takes over.
A new distillery is built to replace the old.
John Walker & Sons purchases Cardhu for £20,500 but the Cumming family continues operations. The whisky changes name from Cardow to Cardhu.
The name reverts to Cardow.
Administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).
– Reconstruction and expansion of stills from four to six.
The name changes to Cardhu once again.
A visitor centre is constructed.
The popularity of Cardhu leads to supply problems for Diageo. They decide to change Cardhu single malt to a vatted malt with contributions from other distilleries in it.
The whisky industry protests sharply against Diageo’s plans. Diageo negotiates a compromise with Scotch Whisky Association.
Diageo withdraws Cardhu Pure Malt.
The 12 year old Cardhu Single Malt is relaunched and a 22 year old is released.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde