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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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