Distillery in Focus:          Tamduh
Region: Speyside
Name: Tamdhu ("Black Hill" or "Little Dark Hill"). Known as: Tamdhu-Glenlivet
Status: Active
Telephone: 01340 870221
E-Mail: No
Visitor centre: No.
Owner: Ian Mcleod distillers
Established in 1897
Stills: 3 Wash and 3 Spirit stills
Percentage of single malts: ?
Casks used for maturation: Mainly bourbon casks.

Contribute(d) to the following blends: Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Dunhill, J&B.

Regular Bottling:

Tamdhu NAS (Non Age Specified) 40%
Tamdhu 18 YO, 43%
Tamdhu 25 YO, 43%

From left to right: The old and sought after Tamdhu 15 YO 43%, with the Tamdhu NAS and the latest Tamdhu 25 YO

History of Tamdhu Distillery

The Tamdhu distillery was build in 1897 by William Grant, Director of Highland Distilleries, with money raised from 15 other partners, including Robertson & Baxter. It was registered under the name Tamdhu Distillery Ltd and in the following year became the property of the Highland Distilleries Co. Tamdhu suffered from a closure between 1911-2, in 1925 and a long shutdown from 1927 to 1948. During the 1927-48 shutdown, a Saladin Box Malting was installed and started to operate in 1949. With 10 saladin boxes, Tamdhu is supplying malt to the other distilleries of the group (e.g., Glenrothes and Macallan).  In 1972, the distillery is renamed Tamdhu-Glenlivet  and the distillery expanded the number of stills increasing from 2 to 4. In 1975, two more stills were added. The distillery lost its "Glenlivet" suffix in 1988. The distillery was mothballed at the end of 2010 and purchased on 28 June 2011 from Edrington by Ian Maclosed for an undisclosed sum.


The steeping tanks The washbacks


And the famous Saladin boxes

Source: Distillery visit, The Scotch Whisky Book by Tom Bruce-Gardyne,The Making of Scotch whisky by John R. Hume & Michael S. Moss, and The Scotch Whisky Distilleries by Misako Udo
©P.Brossard 08 Dec 08. Updated on 29 June 11.

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