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Tamnavulin Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1966

Status: Active

Owner: Emperador

Water source: Springs in Easterton

Stills: 3 wash, 3 spirit

Capacity: 4 million litres per annum


In 1966, Tamnavulin-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd. built the Tamnavulin distillery in order to satisfy the growing demand from whisky blenders such as Whyte & Mackay, Crawfords, and Mackinlay’s. In 1993, Whyte & Mackay became the owners of Tamnavulin when the company purchased Invergordon Distillers (the parent company of the Tamnavulin-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd.) The purchase price of £382 million also included the distilleries Bruichladdich, Isle of Jura, and Tullibardine. The Tamnavulin distillery was closed in May 1995.

Ownership was transferred to Kyndal International in 2001, and then to the United Spirits division of United Breweries Group in 2007, operated by Whyte and Mackay Ltd. The distillery began operating once again in July 2007 after a major refurbishment with new automation and process control which was installed by Canongate Technology.

With its eight washbacks, six stills, and a Saladin box to malt the barley, Tamnavulin is sufficiently equipped with modern distilling technology to produce four million liters of alcohol per year. To increase thermal efficiency, recently distilled spirit is used to heat incoming wash. The distillation water supply is stored in a subterranean reservoir.

Tamnavulin Whisky Reviews:

  • tamnavulin-double-cask-2016 Tamnavulin Double Cask ~ 40% (Emperador) - Whisky Review: Tamnavulin Double Cask Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Tamnavulin Distillery Bottling: Emperador; Whyte & Mackay ABV: 40% Cost: RRP £32, available at Morrisons for £20 What they say: The Moray distillery, which predominantly produces single malt for the Whyte & Mackay blend, has introduced Tamnavulin Double Cask, a no-age-statement single malt […]
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