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Tobermory

Tobermory was originally founded in 1798 by John Sinclair, under the name Ledaig (pronounced ‘led-chigg’), hence the recently released Ledaig range. Closing in 1837 and reopening in 1878, the distillery was acquired in 1890 by John Hopkins and Company. Today, Tobermory is the only distillery on the Isle of Mull. The distillery has quite a small annual capacity of just one million litres and runs at but three quarters of this. In 1930, the distillery closed and was used as a power plant. It was not the only time Tobermory had been used for purposes other than whisky distillation; in 1982 the buildings were leased to a dairy company who used them for storing cheese.

Tobermory is currently under Burn Stewart ownership following the acquisition of both the distillery and a good stock of whisky for £800,000. The malted barley is shipped from the Port Ellen maltings at the South-East of Islay, also home to a more recent experiment whereby some casks are sent for maturation on the island, these are bottled as Ledaig. There is now just one official bottling in production; a ten year-old. There have also been independent bottlings and although popularity has been weaning, under the management of Alan McConnochie of Bunnahabhain fame, there is expected to be a resurgence.

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About Tobermory Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01688 302647

Distillery Capacity

1 000 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1798

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Burn Stewart Distillers

Distillery Address

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Distillery Website

www.burnstewartdistillers.com

1798

John Sinclair founds the distillery named Ledaig Distillery.

1837

The distillery closes.

1878

The distillery reopens.

1890

John Hopkins & Company buys the distillery.

1916

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over John Hopkins & Company.

1930

The distillery closes and is used as both

1972

A shipping company in Liverpool and the sherrymaker Domecq buy the buildings and embark on refurbishment. When work is completed it is named Ledaig Distillery Ltd.

1975

Ledaig Distillery Ltd files for bankruptcy and the distillery closes again.

1979

The estate agent Kirkleavington Property Company of Cleckheaton buys the distillery, forms a new company, Tobermory Distillers Ltd and starts production.

1982

No production. Some of the buildings are converted into flats and some are rented to

1989

Production resumes.

1993

Burn Stewart Distillers buys Tobermory for £600,000 and pays an additional £200,000 for the whisky supply.

2002

Trinidad-based venture capitalists CL Financial buys Burn Stewart Distillers for £50m.

2005

A 32 year old from 1972 is launched.

2007

A Ledaig 10 year old is released.

2008

A limited edition Tobermory 15 year old is released.

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An autumn distillation, this Ledaig may only be 7 years old but these peated malt whiskies produced in Tobermory are excellent at these younger ages. Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range, this...  More info
$75.08
A Coopers Choice bottling of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured for 8 years in a single hoggie. Ledaig is the name used for peated whisky coming from the Tobermory distillery on the...  More info
$81.25
Bottled by Langside Distillers for the Hepburn's Choice range, this 8 year old Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky is made at the Tobermory distillery. Ledaig is the name they use for their peated...  More info
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$63.57
Ledaig Sherry Finish
(70cl, 42%)
Peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery are bottled under the name Ledaig (pronounced Led-chig). Ledaig is Gaelic for 'safe haven'. This was finished in sherry casks.  More info
This is the very first batch of Tobermory single malt whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a stunning cask-strength dram with a wonderful cult comic book-style label inspired by the...  More info
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An old and rare edition of Tobermory 10 year old, before they changed the abv. This is a salty, malty and honeyed little whisky - great stuff!  More info
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$65.81
A release of 677 bottles of Tobermory matured in sherry butt number 5993. This was distilled in February 1996 and bottled in March of 2010 by Douglas Laing.  More info
A bourbon cask aged Tobermory, this was distilled on the Isle of Mull in 1994 and aged for 15 years before bottling at Bruichladdich in 2009 for Murray McDavid. A release of 1,100 bottles.  More info
A 15 year old Tobermory, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at Douglas Laing's preferred drinking strength of 50%.  More info
This is a fifteen year old bottling of Isle of Mull distillers' Tobermory single malt whisky from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings...  More info
$106.32
A 16 year old single malt from Mull, this was distilled at the Tobermory, known for its minty, malty style of whisky. This was bottled by Alchemist.  More info
$96.83
Distilled at Tobermory in 1994, this was aged in a bourbon cask of 16 years, some of which time was spent in Islay at the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was bottled by Murray McDavid. A release of...  More info
We've bottled just 274 bottles of this superb Tobermory at 17 years of age from a single refill hogshead. This peppery, spicy whisky was distilled on the 26th April 1995 before bottling on the 26th...  More info
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Tobermory 32 Year Old
(70cl, 50.10%)
A limited edition of just 902 bottles, distilled at Tobermory and matured for 32 years in Oloroso sherry butts.  More info
A very interesting 6 year old Tobermory from Douglas Laing's Provenance range which promotes the effects of season on a finished whisky. This was distilled in the Summer of 2006 and bottled in the...  More info
$66.34
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