Tullibardine Whisky Distillery

Tullibardine Whisky Distillery & Story

Tullibardine whisky distillery is located in the Scottish Highlands. Situated just of the main A9. 20 miles southwest of Perth, near the Ochil Hills.

The Tullibardine whisky distillery now offers a range of whiskies from soft creamy single malts through to  rich sherried fruity single malts. 

How the Tullibardine Whisky Distillery story began

Tracing its history back as far as 1488 when King James, IV of Scotland, stopped while passing Scotlands first public brewery to purchase a bottle of beer, before his coronation. He later granted the brewery a Royal Charter in 1503.

Jump forward now 444 years to 1947.  William Delme-Evans began converting the original brewery into Tullibardine whisky distillery.

After testing the pure Highland water from the nearby springs he knew he had found the perfect spot for a distillery.

The Tullibardine Whisky Distillery

The Distillery draws its water from the Danny Burn the same source which fed the first public brewery in Scotland and from where King James IV purchased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488.

The Tullibardine whisky distillery established in 1949 on the site of a former brewery.  Designed by the architect of the Jura and Glenallachie distilleries, William Delme-Evans.

Sold to Brodie Hepburn Ltd in 1953.

Invergordon acquired the distillery in 1971 and they carried out a rebuild in 1974 with another pair of stills added to the original pair.

The distillery passed to Whtye & Mackay in 1993, only two years later to be mothballed.

In June 2003, the distillery was purchased by a business consortium with plans to create a retail complex and tourist attraction with the distillery as its core.

In the December of 2003, Tullibardine distillery once again fired up the boiler and spirit flowed from the stills for the first time in nearly nine years.

Throughout the re-commissioning process, care was taken to maintain as many of the traditional methods of production as possible and utilise the skills of the distillery manager and operators in producing the Tullibardine spirit.

By this time Tullibardine malt whisky had become the signature malt in the famous Highland Queen blend. First made available in 1897, the brand was sold to the Pichard family in 2008.

The 2008 recession and resulting 2009 property collapse made trading difficult. Eventually the owners sell the distillery and retail centre to the French company Pichard Vins & Spiritueux in 2011.

With growing interest in the Tullibardine as a single malt whisky the company invested in a vatting hall, bottling line. plus more warehousing with a cooperage.

The Tullibardine Whisky Distillery

Founded in 1949

Location Highland region. Midlands District, North of Alloa.

Water Source: The Danny Burn.

Tullibardine  Whisky Distillery Equipment.

6 ton stainless steel semi lauter mash tun.

Nine Stainless steel washbacks. With a 52 hour fermentation time.

Two pairs of Pot stills.

Matured in American oak bourbon casks with some casks seasoned in sherry.

Stored in traditional dunnage warehouses.

Tullibardine Malt Whisky

Traditionaly Tullibardine single malt whisky was bottled by vintage, ie; 1986, 1988, and three wood finishes Port, Muscatel and Marsala from 1993 vintage.

In 2006 five wood finishes with single cask vintages made up the range.

The new core range from 2013 consits of No Age Statements; Sovereign, Saunterness finish 225, Burgundy finish 228,  Sherry finish 500.

Plus a 20 year old and 25 year old.

The cask strength The Murray released in 2016.

Today Tullibardine reigns supreme as a fine malt whisky of majestic qualities. It is considered “Eminently quaffable”.

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Take a tour of the Tullibardine Whisky Distillery

The Tullibardine distillery visitors centre is well worth a visit and regularly run guided tours of the distillery throughout the course of the day. A choice of the tours include tasting sessions where you can sample some of the drams they have to offer.

Click here for more information on the Tullibardine visitors centre

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