Tomintoul Whisky Distillery & Story
Tomintoul (tom-in-towel) whisky distillery is located in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands. The distillery lies in the beautifully wooded valley of Avonside.
Five miles north of village of Tomintoul, Scotland’s highest village. The Tomintoul distillery has just celebrated 50 years of distillation. Producing a verity of styles; Light and delicate whisky, gently peated whisky and smokey phenolic whisky.
How the Tomintoul Whisky Distillery story began
The first in the Tomintoul area licensed distillery was called Delnabo built shortly after the Excise Act of 1823.
The first un-named distiller went bust and the distillery was taken over by George Smith of Glenlivit fame.
The distillery was used as an addition to his distilling activities until he moved to the present Glenlivit site in 1858.
The Tomintoul Whisky Distillery.
Two firms, Hay & Macleod & Co and W. S. Strong both whisky brokers located in Glasgow, established the Tomintoul Distillery Ltd in 1964.
At the time there was a shortage of malt whisky for blending.
The location chosen was five miles north of Tomintoul, 2nd highest village in Scotland, close to the famous whisky producing Glenlivit area with a plentiful supply of water from the Ballantruan Spring.
The Scottish & Universal Investment Trust buys the distillery in 1973, at the same time as purchasing Whyte & Mackay, transferring the distillery into their control.
The following year Whyte & Mackay invest in the distillery and increase the number of stills from 2 to 4.
In 1978 Lonhro buys Scottish & Universal Investment Trust.
Lonhro sells Whyte & Mackay including the distillery to Brent Walker in 1989, the following year Whyte & Mackay was sold on to American Brands Inc.
The Tomintoul distillery is purchased by Angus Dundee Plc in 2000
The malt whisky produced has been a long time contributor to Whyte & Mackay blends.
The Tomintoul Distillery Equipment
Founded in 1964 by the Tomintoul Distillery Ltd.
Location; Speyside region, Western district towards Grantown on Spey.
Water source The Ballantruan Spring.
Tomintoul Distilling Equipment;
11.6 Tonnes Semi-Lauter mash tun.
6 Stainless steel washbacks with a 54 hour fermentation time.
2 pairs of stills with boil balls in their necks.
6 on site modern rack warehouses holding up to 116,000 casks.
Matured in a combination of American oak bourbon casks, refill hogsheads with some Oloroso sherry butts.
Also a blend centre with 14 blending vats.
Our Top 3 Tomintoul whiskies
Visitors by appointment only
Tomintoul Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9AQ
Tel: +44 (0)1807 590274
No Visitor Facilities.
Our Tomintoul Whisky Range - In stock and available to buy
Old Ballantruan 10 year old
Speyside Single Malt Whisky
50% ABV 70cl
Tomintoul Portwood Finish 15 year old
Limited Edition of 5820 bottles
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
46% ABV 70cl
Old Ballantruan The “Peated Malt” Single Malt Whisky£42.99
Tomintoul 10 year old Malt Whisky£34.99