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Tullibardine

The modern Tullibardine whisky distillery was reopened in 1947, and the spirit ran from the stills two years later. The site was once home to a brewery which allegedly brewed ale for King James IV’s coronation in 1488. The brewery was actually built in the 12th century, so it’s fair to say the Tullibardine distillery has had an incredibly long history.

Named for Tullibardine Moor, the distillery draws its water from the Danny Burn and lies to the south-west of Blackford. The area is renowned for the purity of its water, indeed Highland Spring is bottled locally. Queen Helen, the wife of King Magnus of Alba, drowned in a ford after falling from her horse not far from the town and Blackford was named accordingly.

Following purchase by Invergordon in 1971, Tullibardine’s stills capacity was increased from two to four. Two decades later, Invergordon was acquired by Whyte and Mackay and a year later the whisky distillery was shut down. In December of 2003, the distillery was put back into production following the June acquisition of Tullibardine for the sum of £1.1 million. A year later a Café and Shop were opened at the Tullibardine distillery, which today has a capacity of 2.5 million litres per annum.

Tullibardine Whisky Distillery

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About Tullibardine Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded

1947

Distillery Capacity

2 500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Blackford, Perthshire

Distillery Owner

Tullibardine Distillery Ltd

Distillery Website

www.tullibardine.com

1100s

A brewery was built on the site of today’s Tullibardine distillery.

1488

The Scottish King, James IV, purchases beer produced at the brewery. The brewery sources water from the same spring that the modern Tullibardine distillery currently uses.

1824

James McKilligan & Co. builds the distillery which is known as Mill of Banff and, later on, as Inverboyndie Distillery.

1837

Major McKilligan dies and Alex Mackay takes over.

1852

James Simpson takes over together with his son James junior.

1863

The distillery outgrows itself and James junior builds a new one in the village Inverboyndie which thereafter is called Banff Distillery. The managing company changes name to Simpson & Co.

1877

On 9th May a fire devastates most of the distillery except the warehouse and the maltings. Rebuilding starts quickly and it is operational again in October.

1921

The Simpson family sells part of the distillery to Mile End Distillery Company.

1924

Triple distillation ceases.

1932

Simpson & Co. files for bankruptcy and Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) takes over at a price of £50 000.

1941

A German warplane bombs warehouse number 12 on 16th August and thousands of litres of whisky are destroyed.

1947

The Tullibardine distillery is reopened. The first spirit runs from the stills two years later.

1953

The distillery is sold to Brodie Hepburn.

1959

One of the stills explodes.

1971

Invergordon Distillers buys Brodie Hepburn Ltd.

1973

The number of stills doubles from two to four.

1983

Banff Distillery and ten others are closed by DCL.

1985

The distillery buildings are demolished.

1991

The remaining buildings are destroyed in a fire.

1993

Whyte & Mackay (owned by Fortune Brands) buys Invergordon Distillers.

1994

Tullibardine is mothballed.

1996

Whyte & Mackay changes name to JBB (Greater Europe).

2001

JBB (Greater Europe) is bought out from Fortune Brands by management and changes name to Kyndal (Whyte & Mackay from 2003).

2003

A consortium including Michael Beamish buys Tullibardine in June for £1.1 million. The distillery is in production again by December. The first official bottling from the new owners is a 10 year old from 1993.

2004

Diageo launches a 21 year old cask strength in their Rare Malt series.

2005

Three wood finishes from 1993, port, muscatel and marsala are launched together with a 1986 John Black selection.

2006

Vintage 1966 (plus a special World Cup version), Sherry Wood 1993 and a new John Black selection are launched.

2007

Five different wood finishes are released as well as a couple of single cask vintages.

2008

A Vintage 1968 40 year old is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Released in 2013, this fabulous bottling from Tullibardine sees the rich, malty whisky finished for 12 months in top-quality 500-litre sherry butts. The result is something to behold.  More info
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This is a delicious whisky from Tullibardine, released in 2013. It sees the Highland whisky finished for 12 months in 228-litre Red Burgundy wine casks from Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet.  More info
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Adorned with golden detailing, Tullibardine Sovereign is a delicious creamy single malt which was aged in first-fill bourbon barrels before bottling. Expect plenty of vanilla and spice from this...  More info
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Launched in 2013 for Tullibardine's superbly repackaged range, this delicious 20 year old was matured in first-fill bourbon casks before bottling.  More info
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This is a delicious, smartly repackaged 25 year old from the Tullibardine distillery. It boasts all of that typically malty, creamy, slightly spicy we've come to associate with the distillery.  More info
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Distilled at Tullibardine in the Highlands, this is a very tasty new whisky which was finished in a 225 litre cask (thus the name) which previously held maturing Sauternes dessert wine from Chateau...  More info
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A 40 year old single malt from Tullibardine, matured in sherry wood before bottling to commemorate the 2006 World Cup, only 300 bottles have been released.  More info
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$588.27
An Old Malt Cask bottling of Tullibardine single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 23 long years! That's right, from September 1990 to April 2014, this Highland whisky aged in a...  More info
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This Càrn Mòr bottling of Tullibardine was distilled in 1989, five years before the distillery was mothballed in 1994 (it's back open now, though! Hooray!). It matured for 24 years in a single cask...  More info
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A citrusy, malty Tullibardine distilled in September of 1991 and aged for 18 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in 2009. A release of 353 bottles.  More info
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A brushed gold Tullibardine from bottler Wemyss Malts. This whisky more than lives up to its name with lashings of sweet dried fruit and spice.  More info
A 10 year old aged in refill American hogsheads before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 2004. The Tullibardine distillery was designed by Jura's architect, William Delmé-Evans.  More info
Tullibardine 1992
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Distilled at Tullibardine in 1992 and aged for 14 years before being bottled in 2006.  More info
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Tullibardine 1993
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A 1993 vintage from the Tullibardine distillery, Highland Spring mineral water is bottled locally, such is the quality of the water.  More info
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Distilled in 1993 and finished in Port Pipes, a sweet, fruity single malt from Tullibardine.  More info
Distilled in 1993 at the Tullibardine distillery in the Highlands, finish in a sherry cask.  More info
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Tullibardine 1964
(70cl, 44.60%)
Distilled in 1964 at Tullibardine and aged for 40 years, part of a limited release of just 163 individually numbered bottles.  More info
Tullibardine 1973
(70cl, 47.50%)
A single cask bottling from the Tullibardine distillery, distilled in 1973 and aged in a sherry cask.  More info
$225.72
Tullibardine 1965
(70cl, 48.30%)
This 40 year old was distilled in 1965 at the Tullibardine distillery.  More info
$462.22
Tullibardine 1975
(70cl, 52.70%)
A cask strength bottling, distilled in 1975 at the Tullibardine distillery. The distillery had been closed for some time when it reopened in 2003. The first release of whisky distilled under the...  More info
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Tullibardine 1988
(70cl, 46%)
Released to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of King James IV's coronation, a light, affable single malt from the Tullibardine distillery, distilled in 1988.  More info
$76.47
A Moscatel finished Tullibardine, distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2007.  More info
$75.41
A 1993 vintage from Tullibardine. This was finished in Sauternes wine casks before bottling in 2006 as part of an outturn of just 395 numbered bottles.  More info
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Tullibardine 1968
(70cl, 40.30%)
A very rare and limited edition Tullibardine distilled in 1968. This was aged for a whopping 40 years before bottling as part of an outturn of just 252 bottles.  More info
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A 1993 vintage Tullibardine, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The distilled closed in 1995 and did not open until 2003.  More info
$68.49
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