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At the banks of the River Livet, by the Tamnavulin whisky distillery, there sits an ancient three storey wool carding mill. Built of rubble, the mill dates back to 1560 and accordingly the village Tomnavoulin - note the differing spelling - takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘Mill on the hill’. The Tamnavulin whisky distillery draws its water from underground springs in the surrounding hillside and takes its cooling waters from the River Livet, whose headwaters rise in the Grampians in Moray before flowing eleven miles until their confluence with the River Avon.

Founded in 1966 by a subsidiary of Invergordon Distillers Ltd, the whisky distillery has changed little during its relatively short life. Woefully, the Tamnavulin is rather typical of 1960s-constructed distilleries and the exterior is decidedly industrial, in stark contrast to its markedly stunning locality. The three pairs of stills have a total capacity of four million litres annually, though this has yet to be reached.

The Tamnavulin distillery has been under the ownership of United Spirits since their acquisition of Whyte and Mackay in 2007. The whisky distillery had previously been silent for over a decade, having been mothballed in May of 1995. Under the new ownership, there has been the addition of new staff as well as increased working hours; Tamnavulin now operates seven days a week, which should bring production to near full capacity.

Tamnavulin Whisky Distillery

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About Tamnavulin Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01807 590285

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

4 000 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Tomnavoulin, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB3 9JA

Distillery Owner

Whyte & Mackay


Tamnavulin-Glenlivet Distillery Company, a subsidiary of Invergordon Distillers Ltd, founds Tamnavulin.


Whyte & Mackay buys Invergordon Distillers.


The distillery closes in May.


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


Company management buy out operations for £208 million and rename the company Kyndal.


Kyndal changes name to Whyte & Mackay.


United Spirits buys Whyte & Mackay. Tamnavulin is opened again in July after having been mothballed for 12 years.

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A single cask Tamnavulin single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1993, the same year that Whyte & Mackay became owners of the distillery. It was left to age in a refill butt for 21 years...  More info
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Wow, a 1973 vintage Tamnavulin single malt Scotch whisky! 1973 was only seven years after the distillery was founded! This well-matured Tamnavulin was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old...  More info
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22 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tamnavulin distillery, bottled by WM Cadenhead. This independently bottled whisky was distilled by Tamnavulin, which resides in Tomnavolin, in 1992...  More info
A 1991 vintage of Tamnavulin bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's popular Connoisseurs Choice range. This is a fresh, fruity whisky, with notes of toffee and apple peel. Light and easy-going.  More info
A 21 year old Tamnavulin, distilled in October of 1989 and aged in refill hogshead 7502 before bottling in July 2011. A release of 206 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
A 25 year old single cask Tamnavulin distilled in December 1986 and aged in a refill butt before bottling in April 2012. A release of 302 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
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A 1990 vintage from the Tamnavulin distillery, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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A gentle 12 year old Speyside single malt from the Tamnavulin distillery, drawing its waters from the River Livet.  More info
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Single cask single malt whisky. Vanilla, honey and oak aplenty. A very large and powerful whisky.  More info
A single refill hogshead matured Tamnavulin, distilled in May 1989 and bottled in May of 2009 by Douglas Laing. A release of 241 bottles.  More info
40 year old Tamnavulin bottled by Speciality Drinks. This was specially bottled as part of their Anniversary Selection, and comes of an outturn of 649 bottles. Incredibly value for a 40 year old...  More info
This was distilled at the Tamnavulin distillery in Speyside in December of 1991 before ageing for 18 years in a refill hogshead. Bottled for the Old Malt Cask range in April 2010, a release of 334...  More info
Distilled at Tamnavulin on the 15th November 1968, aged in hogshead 3659 before bottling on the 7th May 2009. Bottled for the new Carn Mor range. A release of 335 bottles.  More info

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