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Tullibardine distillery

Tullibardine is a fairly modern distillery, established in 1949 by the architect William Delmé-Evans (who was also responsible for Jura and Glenallachie) and C. I. Barrett a retired Excise Officer. Tullibardine was only the third distillery to be opened in Scotland since the Pattison whisky crash of the 19th century preceded by Malt Mill in 1908 and and Inverleven in 1938.

Following an attempted hostile takeover by an unnamed customer which cut the distilleries cash flow Tullibardine was sold on to Glasgow based whisky brokers Brodie Hepburn Ltd. Brodie Hepburn were acquired by Invergordon Distillers Ltd. who were themselves acquired by White & Mackay in 1993 and the distillery was mothballed

The distillery lay silent until purchased by a group of private investors for 1.1 million. While officially resuming production in 2003 the distillery was running at only a fraction of capacity for some time thereafter. Thereafter a confusing number of bottles and finishes were released making it hard to establish a particular style. Recently however (following the acquisition by Picard in 2011) a standard range has been released.

Recent investment in the distillery has seen the addition of warehouses, a new blending and bottling site and a small, on-site, one man cooperage

Tullibardine factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Tullibardine tully*bar*din Highlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1949 - Present Malt Tullibardine Tour Link
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
John Torrence Keith Geddes Terroirs Distillers

Tullibardine Timeline:

1947: William Delmé-Evens visits the site to test the nearby springs

1949: The former brewery is reconstructed by Delme-Evans and C.I.Barrett for Tullibardine Distillery Ltd.

1953: Acquired by Brodie Hepburn Ltd. the Glasgow whisky brokers

1959: James Fairlie acquires the mash tun and stills from Tullibardine for the reconstructed Glenturret

1971: Invergordon Distillers Ltd. acquires Brodie Hepburn Ltd

1973: Rebuilt & enlarged from two to four stills

1993: White & Mackay purchase Invergordon Distillers Ltd. and Tullibardine is mothballed

1996: White & Mackay changes name to JBB (Greater Europe) plc.

2001: A management buy-out see's JJB Greater Europe separated from Fortune Brands and its name changed to Kyndal International Ltd.

2003: The 'Tullibardine Consortium' buys the distillery and production resumes in December

2011: Picard Vins & Spiritueux buy the distillery

2013: Picard establishes a subsidiary Terroirs Distillers to manage the distillery

Useful Tullibardine links:

Tullibardine at SMWS

Tullibardine at Whiskybase

Tullibardine at Whisky

Tullibardine at ScotchWhisky

Tullibardine at MaltMadness

Tullibardine at MasterOfMalts

Tullibardine at WhiskyExhange

Tullibardine at Wikipedia

Interesting Tullibardine links:

Tullibardine at Whisky Intelligence

Tullibardine at Visit Scotland

Can I tour Tullibardine?

Yes Tullibardine distillery is tourable. On Trip Advisor the distillery has been rated as excellent by 170 of 229 tours to date. This gives Tullibardine an overall rating of 4.5

Latest reviews

Excellent Whisky and Inclusive Experience by Charlie K

We visited Tullibardine as a birthday treat in June ‘21. We had a fantastic time touring the distillery with Gavin as our guide. He struck an excellent balance between knowledge and humour, and promoted an inclusive approach to whisky (drink it how you enjoy it, everyone experiences whisky differently!). We particularly enjoyed getting to nose the different casks and tasting three whiskies at the end of the tour. We couldn’t leave without buying a bottle of the burgundy cask finish - absolutely delicious!

Great Tour. by Hammyzone

Excellent distillery tour. Made to feel welcome. Would love to revisit and do a tasting experience when the world is back to normal. Considering the current limitations, they put on a good tour and the samples to take away are generous.

Tullibardine Whisky Tour by Trish

What a fantastic afternoon we have had today. The whisky tour is brilliant. We met Kevin, who took us round the distillery and provided an interesting, entertaining and informative guide around the place. He also showed us how passionate he was about whisky and why it should be enjoyed. Kevin responded to our questions with care and enthusiasm.We thoroughly recommend anyone to include this distillery into you visit.Brilliant.

Rating Reviews
Excellent 170
Very good 39
Average 13
Poor 3
Terrible 4