Tullibardine Distillery, Blackford

Tullibardine Distillery, Blackford, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Tullibardine, one of my favourite small distilleries, and which I will be visiting again later this month. This  distillery does not have the profile of some of the Speyside or Islay malts but, arguably, this rarity factor does add to its appeal. Moreover, location on the  main A9 tourist route, between Stirling and Perth is very convenient, added to which it is in close proximity  to a small shopping centre. From a whisky perspective, Tullibardine is categorised as a Highland malt.

Tullibardine sits at foot of the Ochills in Perthshire from where the key water supply is obtained. Beer has been brewed on this site for hundreds of years and to this day at Tullibardine the visitor can purchase a beer branded ‘1488’  in recognition of the purchase by King James IV of  a supply of beer at the location in celebration of his coronation.

Tullibardine ranks as one of the youngest distilleries in Scotland.  It was established post WW2 by a Welshman subsequent to which it underwent many ownership changes including a ‘mothballing’ for a period.  Now under private ownership, the distillery was re-commissioned in 2003 and benefits from the blending skills of master distiller, John Black. Tullibardine is one of the few distilleries which will sell entire casks of spirit to the public, although at around GBP1500.00 such are not cheap.

From a tour experience perspective, this is one of my favourite distilleries with the distilling area being very compact enabling the visitor right up close to smells, steam and various vapours as malt barley is converted to spirit. This video clip gives a flavour for the experience. The distillery tour guides are very good and display a passion for and knowledge of the product.

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