Tullibardine Distillery, Scotland

Tullibardine Distillery, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on Tullibardine, one of my favourite small whisky distilleries 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, near Gleneagles and between Stirling and Perth is very convenient

From a whisky region 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 is one of Scotland’s younger distilleries, dating from 1949 when established by Welshman, William Delme-Evans. Subsequently, the distillery underwent many ownership changes including  ‘mothballing’ for a period.  Now under ownership of French wine company, Picard.

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.

Stills at Tullibardine Distillery, Scotland

Stills at Tullibardine Distillery, Scotland

More information:

  • Capacity 3.0m litres p.a.
  • Visitor Centre is in process of enlargement to incorporate a new bottling plant and cooperage.
  • A new range of products has been introduced together with fresh focus on the American market.
  • Range includes: Tullibardine Sovereign,  225 Sauternes, 228 Burgundy, 500 Sherry. 20 year- old, 25 year-old and Highland Queen.
Tullibardine 20 year-old single malt.

Tullibardine 20 year-old single malt.

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