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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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Ledaig Single Malt
(70cl, 42%)
A light hued single malt from the Tobermory distillery on Mull. Ledaig represents peated single malt from the distillery.  More info
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$33.05
Tobermory 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46.30%)
A gentle, affable 10 year old single malt from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Now at the higher strength of 46.3%...  More info
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$50.46
Ledaig 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46.30%)
A 10 year old from the Tobermory distillery on Mull, a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
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$51.36
A peaty Provenance bottling of Ledaig single malt from the Tobermory distillery. Distilled in autumn 2005, matured in two refill hogsheads and bottled at 8 years old in summer 2014 by Douglas Laing.  More info
$73.62
Peated single malt from the Tobermory distillery, released under their Ledaig name. It was distilled in 1998 and matured in refill Sherry hogsheads until 2014, when it became a member of the...  More info
$77.54
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
$79.13
Goodness gracious! What on Earth has happened here?!? This is worse than that time we went for a nap in the Temple of Time! The boat... the flag... the balloon... the duck(!)... Where has all the fun...  More info
$83.35
This is the 3rd batch of Tobermory single malt from the distillery on the Isle of Mull bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It seems Mull has a rather famous visitor in the grassy hills around...  More info
$89.76
Tobermory 15 Year Old
(70cl, 46.30%)
A 15 year old from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull, this was matured in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry casks.  More info
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$105.29
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"That bottled a gorgeous 16 year old Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a single Sherry butt from June 1996 to April...  More info
$105.53
A top Tobermory, bottled with love and attention by our careful hands. The cask this release came from was filled by the distillery on the Isle of Mull in November 1995. For 18 years, the whisky...  More info
$112.22
Tip-top 20 year old Tobermory, bottled by the lovely chaps at Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask collection. It was distilled in April 1994 and left to rest in a single refill hogshead (#10827) for...  More info
$144.31
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
A 17 year old Ledaig (peated malt from Tobermory). This was distilled on the 31st March 1993 and matured for 17 years in two hogsheads (casks 418 and 419) before bottling on the 27th May 2010. A...  More info
Distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail. Ledaig is the name given to peaty releases from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.  More info
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$57.68
This was distilled from peated malt at the Tobermory distillery in Mull. It was aged in a sherry cask and taken to Bruichladdich were it was bottled in 2011. There are 1,500 bottles of this stuff...  More info
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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$61.91
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
Batch 1 of Ledaig single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company has been let loose! Now then, why is the chap on the label so angry? Where did he get a sledgehammer at this hour? Wait...  More info
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$62.49
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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$64.09
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
$64.61
Aged in remade refill hogsheads and distilled at the Tobermory distillery in 1994, this is a peated "Ledaig" described by bottlers Gordon and MacPhail as having a "subtle, sweet and smooth" style.  More info
$64.90
A cracking 7 year old from Carn Mor, taken from 2 casks as part of their Strictly Limited range. Ledaig always shows well at a young age (IMHO(tep is invisible)).  More info
Hang on, what's this? It's says this whisky is from the Ledaig Distillery on this bottle produced by Gordon and MacPhail! But that's made at the Tobermory distillery, Ledaig is just the name they use...  More info
$68.70
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
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