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Tamdhu

It was in 1863 that the Strathspey railway first graced Speyside’s locality. A dependable means of travel was, at last, brought to the area and several distilleries were built as a result. Tamdhu was one of them; founded in 1896 by a group of whisky blenders, including William Grant and Sons among others, and designed by the famed, prolific Speyside distillery architect, Charles Doig of Elgin.

The distillery is of good size; her six stills have a total capacity of four million litres annually, though at present Tamdhu runs at three quarters of this. Tamdhu installed a substantial Saladin box malting system in 1950. One of but a handful of distilleries with onsite maltings and the only one still using a Saladin box, Tamdhu produces all of its own malt as well as enough to supply other distilleries in the Edrington group, notably the Glenrothes distillery. Tamdhu lies on the banks of the mighty River Spey, not far from Knockando. The Knockando distillery's ancient railway station has since been converted into the Tamdhu visitor centre.

Tamdhu is currently nestled in the motherly arms of the Edrington Group who, with William Grant in 1999, acquired the distillery from Highland Distillers who had owned the distillery for over a decade. There have been a scattering of independent releases of Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, though there has been but one official release.

Tamdhu Whisky Distillery

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About Tamdhu Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 872200

Distillery Founded

1896

Distillery Capacity

4 000 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Edrington Group

Distillery Address

Knockando, Aberlour, Morayshire AB38 7RP

1896

The distillery is founded by Tamdhu Distillery Company, a consortium of whisky blenders with William Grant as the main promoter. Charles Doig is the architect.

1897

The first casks are filled in July.

1898

Highland Distillers Company, which has several of the 1896 consortium members in managerial positions, buys Tamdhu Distillery Company.

1911

The distillery closes.

1913

he distillery reopens.

1928

The distillery is mothballed.

1948

The distillery is in full production again in July.

1950

The floor maltings is replaced by Saladin boxes when the distillery is rebuilt.

1972

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1975

Two stills augment the previous four.

1976

Tamdhu 8 years is launched as single malt.

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Distilled at Tamdhu in 1962, aged in first and refill sherry casks and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2006.  More info
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This Tamdhu was matured for 30 years in first fill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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Tamdhu 18 Year Old
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A light, honeyed 18 year old single malt from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside.  More info
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Tamdhu Scotch Whisky
(70cl, 40%)
A light-bodied bottling of Scotch whisky from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, no age statement given.  More info
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$34.07
Independent bottling from Douglas Laing. Exceptionally old and well matured.  More info
A brilliant 16 year old Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in June 1998 and bottled by Douglas Laing in June 2014 for the Old Particular collection. Absolutely packed with vibrant fruit...  More info
$109.14
A cask strength (despite the fact it's at 40%!) single malt from Tamdhu. Bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Lonach range.  More info
A 10 year old Tamdhu, this was bottled as part of the Provenance range from Douglas Laing - a range which showcases the various seasons of whisky production. This was distilled in Autumn 1994 and aged...  More info
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This was bottled especially for the very prestigious Old and Rare Platinum line. Aged for 20 years, distilled in 1989 at Tamdhu and bottled in September 2010. Each bottle is signed.  More info
From the stonkingly good Peerless range, this Tamdhu was aged for a whopping 40 years in cask 4103. It was bottled at cask strength (which was 40%, a complete coincidence - this hasn't been diluted!)...  More info
Tamdhu has been mothballed for some time, rumor has it that the distillery will reopen sometime in 2012.  More info
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Cask strength 26 year old Tamdhu, this was a single cask (2836) which bore 269 bottles. Bottled by Adelphi in 2011, this is a beautifully rich whisky, with a great deal of complexity.  More info
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$151.76
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