In 1897, Tamdhu Distillery was born of its founders’ can-dhu-spirit, and 200 years of Scottish industry. Tamdhu lived on through the ups and downs of the 20th Century on the banks of the River Spey, until it was closed in 2010. Inspired by the founders’ vision, the distillery was then purchased in 2011 by Ian Macleod Distillers – a family company independent in thought and ownership. Recommissioned in 2012, the new owners set out to return this eminent malt to its former glory.
Today, sherry casks are some of the rarest and most expensive on the market. We go to great lengths to secure our own private supply of casks from Jerez in Spain. The casks are emptied of sherry and shipped to Speyside. We insist they are sent whole – others dismantle the casks to save space for shipping, but keeping them whole ensures none of the flavour is lost. Every batch is nosed and inspected before it’s deemed fit for the new make spirit.
The casks are either first or second fill, European or American oak. This mix of wood, age and size of the casks allows us to create a perfectly balanced single malt – and to make sure every drop is as magnificent as the one before.
Today every cask is still matured on the banks of the Spey in the cool shadows of the traditional dunnage distillery warehouses.
Tamdhu today is driven by the same spirit that fuelled its founders.
It honours a time when obstacles were there to be overcome.
When anything seemed possible.
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