Ardmore Whisky Distillery & Story
Ardmore Whisky Distillery is located north west of Aberdeen in the Scottish Highlands region.
The bulk of Ardmore (ard-moor) malt whisky went into the Teachers blends. Providing the flavorful peated style to the blend. The Single malt whisky can be regarded as a medium peated whisky.
How the Ardmore story began
The Ardmore whisky distillery was founded by Wm Teachers & Sons in 1898.
Constructed during one of the industry booms at the end of the 19th century.
It was of modern design at the time; the entire distillery powered by a single steam engine.
The Inverness – Aberdeen railway ran alongside the buildings making it convenient for the transport of supplies of barley and coal.
Until 2002 the stills were heated by the traditional coal fired furnaces, but like most other distilleries they use internal heating now.
This distillery isn’t the first distillery to carry the Ardmore name, between 1817-35 there was the Ardmore’ distillery on Islay until it was incorporated into Lagavulin in 1835.
The distillery expanded in 1955 from two stills to four, doubling again in 1974 to eight.
During 1976 Wm Teachers & Sons was acquired by Allied Brewers (Allied Distillers) who closed the distillery Saladin box maltings.
2005 the distillery ownership passed to Pernod Ricard.
Then on to Jim Beam Inc in 2008.
Jim Beam and Suntory merge in 2014.
Ardmore Whisky Distillery
Founded 1898 by Adam Teacher
Location; Highland Region, Northeast districtclose to Aberdeen.
Water Source; Local Springs.
Ardmore Whisky Distillery Equipment:
Copper Top Mash Tun,
14 Oregon Pine Washbacks.
4 wash stills 4 Spirit stills.
Matured in American Oak Bourbon and refill casks.
Ardmore is actually one of the largest distilleries in Scotland with a:
Malt storage capacity of 1,000 tonnes,
A 25 feet Mash Tun
14 wooden wash backs with a total capacity of 90,000 litres.
The 4 wash stills hold 15,000 litres each and receive a constant flow of wash.
The 4 copper spirit stills also hold 15,000 litres each.
All this equipment is responsible for an annual output of more than 5,300,000, litres of alcohol each year.
Ardmore still retains its own cooperage and the original steam engine and other traditional artifacts are on display at the distillery.
The distillery’s main function is to supply whisky for the Teacher’s blend.
However, they do release no age statement single malt whiskies such as Legacy and Tradition for the duty free markets.
Some of the whisky does get bottled as a single malt by the independent bottlers such as Gordon & MacPhail under their distillery label and cask strength collections