The Whiskyphiles

Whiskyphile, noun [C] specialized / ˈwɪɪl / a disciplined devotion to whisky. Established 2013.


Tamdhu Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1897

Status: Active

Owner: Ian MacLeod

Stills: 3 Wash, 3 spirit

Capacity:  4.5 million litres per annum

Tamdhu distillery is a single malt Scotch Speyside whisky distillery, located in the town of Knockando in Banffshire, Scotland. Tamdhu comes from Gaelic for little dark hill.


The distillery was founded in 1896 by a group of assemblers, wishing to engage in the production of their own whisky. The first malt whisky was distilled and casked in 1897. It quickly passed on into the hands of Highland Distillers. The history of the distillery was fairly quiet, without changing owners, but still marked by a long dormancy between 1927 and 1947.

Its production capacity was tripled between 1972 and 1975. The distillery has now 3 wash stills and 3 spirit stills. Its annual production of pure alcohol is 4 million gallons.

Unlike its neighbors the Tamdhu distillery has no roof-shaped pagoda above its malt furnaces. This is one of the last distilleries to malt all of its barley on the spot by a mechanical saladin.

The Tamdhu whisky is almost completely used for the production of blended whiskies, such as The Famous Grouse, J & B and Cutty Sark. Tamdhu’s traditional single malt bottling does not mention its age, but a recent addition to its product line includes a 10-year-old distillery bottling. Other single malts are sold by independent bottlers.

It was announced that as of April 2010, the Tamdhu Distillery, belonging to the Highland Distillers subsidiary of the Edrington Group, was being closed and the plant shuttered. It was then sold to Ian MacLeod Distillers in June 2011, who recommenced production of single malt in May 2013.

Tamdhu whisky reviews:

  • Tamdhu 10 Year Old Whisky Tamdhu 10 Years Old ~ 40% (Ian Macleod) - Tamdhu 10 Years Old Single malt scotch whisky 40% ABV, £30 for 70cl Score 74/100 What they say: Enthused by a legacy of enlightenment, Tamdhu’s founders set out to construct the most pioneering distillery in the world. A water wheel positioned beneath the floor for optimum performance, kilns redesigned to reduce heat loss – and […]
  • Tamdhu-Glenlivet 22 Years Old 1991 Port Cask ~57% (Cadenhead’s) - Tamdhu-Glenlivet 22 Years Old 1991 Port Cask Authentic Collection 57% ABV, £56 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they say: Tamdhu Glenlivet was matured in Port pipes until bottling in February 2014 at cask strength 57% vol. 1 of only 258 bottles. Nose: A real wintery nose – dried fruits, menthol, eucalyptus and tobacco combine to […]
%d bloggers like this: