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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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Tamdhu yo-yo'd between opening and closing in the first half of the twentieth century.

This Speysider was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2011 by Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
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This is a Tamdhu distilled in 1989 and bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2010. Tamdhu produces malt for the Famous Grouse blend however it is a great single malt in its own right!  More info
A cask strength bottling of Tamdhu bottled by Carn Mor. Distilled in September 1989 and bottled in February 2013, only 150 bottles were produced.  More info
A fantastic Speyside whisky from the Tamdhu distillery, this 25 year old single cask bottling is presented by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular selection. 222 bottles were released.  More info
$179.69
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