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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


Distillery Capacity

2 500 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Blackford, Perthshire

Distillery Owner

Tullibardine Distillery Ltd

Distillery Website


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


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.


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


Major McKilligan dies and Alex Mackay takes over.


James Simpson takes over together with his son James junior.


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.


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.


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


Triple distillation ceases.


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


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


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


The distillery is sold to Brodie Hepburn.


One of the stills explodes.


Invergordon Distillers buys Brodie Hepburn Ltd.


The number of stills doubles from two to four.


Banff Distillery and ten others are closed by DCL.


The distillery buildings are demolished.


The remaining buildings are destroyed in a fire.


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


Tullibardine is mothballed.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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