THIS IS OUR HISTORY
The very best whisky doesn’t happen by accident. Explore the incredible history of our precious spirit and discover why after over a century, we’re still going strong
GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE
In 1897, a group of like-minded entrepreneurs came together with a shared ambition to create the best whisky in the world. No mean feat. They raised today’s equivalent of £20 million and began to make their vision a reality.
O์NLY THE BEST
From the very first moments, everyone involved in Tamdhu had the same mind-set – only the best will do. And so it began. The best distillery architect and engineer of the day, Charles C Doig ESQ, was enlisted. The best location by the banks of the River Spey was acquired. The most advanced techniques were chosen. And the best sherry casks from Spain were selected. The stage was set.
A TIME TO INNOVATE
In 1949, we began to modernise the original floor maltings and took the innovative decision to introduce Saladin boxes, a French invention that mechanises the barley turning process. No more 'monkey shoulder' for our distillery workers. As production in the distillery steadily increased over the next 15 years, it became necessary to increase the maltings output. At one stage, an impressive 10 Saladin boxes were required.
THE WHISKY BOOM
The popularity of whisky reached record highs in the 1970s and Tamdhu expanded further to meet the growing demand. Four stills were added in as many years, allowing the distillery to increase production considerably without compromising the exceptional quality of our spirit.
END OF AN ERA
However in 2010, outside pressures forced the distillery to close its doors.
BRINING THE BEST BACK
In January of 2012, the determination of Ian Macleod Distillers saw the Tamdhu Distillery doors open once more. Inspired by the founders’ commitment to creating the very best whisky, the family enterprise wanted to build upon the impressive Tamdhu legacy. Ian Macleod Distillers returned the distillery to its former glory, using the same processes and passion for sherry maturation as the founders had before them. Today, Tamdhu is proud to exclusively mature in the finest sherry oak casks. Nothing less.
Over 100 years since the distillery opened, we’re proud to still use the same casks and methods as Tamdhu’s founders. These traditions create a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky worthy of the name Tamdhu
When it comes to our craft, the casks we choose are vital – no wonder when you think of the important job they do over the years. Sherry casks are absolutely essential for the flavour and colour of Tamdhu. In fact, one of the most exciting times at the distillery is when a new batch of casks is delivered from Spain.
The container arrives on our Speyside site and we gingerly open the door (we have to be careful that none of our precious cargo falls on top of us). Instantly, we’re hit by the incredible aroma of sherry and the sight of our casks, waiting to be filled. Then it’s a case of all hands on deck to remove the casks and inspect each and every one for quality. Only the very best casks will ever hold our new-make spirit. Once filled, we inspect the casks regularly and sample over time to make sure things are progressing exactly as they should be. And then, we give the casks time to do what they need to do. It’s a long process, but if you’ve tried a dram of Tamdhu, we’re sure you’ll agree – it’s worth it.