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Tamnavulin distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This is a large plant whose sign rather baldly states ‘NO VISITORS’ rather than ‘WELCOME’. This is not unfriendliness, simply a manifestation of the reality of the whisky business. In fact, there used to be a visitor facility nearby. The majority of distilleries are there to make spirit for blends, not to entertain tourists.

Its half dozen stills are large, the fermentation short and the make is light and cereal accented.

 

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  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working
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Tamnavulin History

Tamnavulin was one of the distilleries built in the whisky boom of the early 1960s when demand was so far outstripping supply that new facilities had to be constructed. It was built by Invergordon Distillers (whose portfolio also included a grain distillery, Bruichladdich, Tullibardine and Jura). It had six stills and, for a period, Saladin maltings.

Invergordon was in turn bought by Whyte & Mackay. In 1995, with the whisky market in steady decline, it was mothballed, only reopening in 2007 when Whyte & Mackay was purchased by Indian giant United Spirits. Its function as a supplier of fillings however hasn’t altered. It changed hands once again in 2014 when Whyte & Mackay was sold to Philippine-based Emperador.

Timeline

  • 1966 Tamnavulin-Glenlivet Distillery Co, a subsidiary of Invergordon Distillers, builds Tamnavulin in Ballindalloch
  • 1993 Whyte & Mackay purchases Invergordon Distillers
  • 1995 Tamnavulin's new owner closes the distillery
  • 2000 The distillery performs a short run but is mothballed again
  • 2007 Whyte & Mackay is bought out by Indian group United Spirits, which reopens Tamnavulin
  • 2014 The group is purchased by Philippines-based group Emperador

Tamnavulin Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    4.2
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    Minimum 48hrs
  • Filling Strength i
    63.5%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    10.72
  • Heat Source i
    Steam
  • Malt Specification i
    Some heavily peated at 55ppm
  • Malt Supplier i
    Various
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Lauter
  • New-make Strength i
    69%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    15,000
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Lampglass
  • Stills i
    6
  • Warehousing i
    39,000 casks all racked
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    17,500
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Lampglass
  • Water Source i
    Various springs
  • Wort Clarity i
    Slightly cloudy
  • Yeast Type i
    Various

Owners

Parent company

Current owner

Previous owner

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Contact

Address
Tamnavulin Distillery
Tomnavoulin
Moray
AB37 9JA
United Kingdom
Phone
+44 1479 818031
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Glenfoyle Glenfoyle Glenfoyle Brand

    Glenfoyle

    An export-only Scotch brand that took its name from a long-closed distillery near Stirling.

  • Mackinlay's Mackinlay's Mackinlay's Brand

    Mackinlay's

    This enduring Scotch whisky is best known for its associations to explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

  • Old Mull Old Mull Old Mull Brand

    Old Mull

    One of the rare surviving Victorian whisky blends, now owned by Whyte & Mackay.

  • Whyte & Mackay Whyte & Mackay Whyte & Mackay Brand

    Whyte & Mackay

    Founded in Glasgow in 1882, Whyte & Mackay is one of Scotland’s most enduring blends.

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