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Tullibardine Scotch Whisky Distillery History.

Tullibardine Distillery nestles at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Perthshire, where the Highlands of Scotland begin. These hills are renowned for the crystal purity of their spring water


The Distillery draws its water from the Danny Burn the same source which fed the first public brewery in Scotland and from where King James IV purchased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488. Today Tullibardine (built on the site of the brewery) reigns supreme as a fine malt whisky of majestic qualities. It is considered “Eminently quaffable”.


The distillery was opened in 1949 on the site of a former brewery. It was designed by the architect of the Jura and Glenallachie distilleries, William Delme-Evans


Invergordon acquired the distillery in 1971 and they carried out a rebuild in 1974 with another pair if stills added to the original pair.


The distillery passed to Whtye & Mackay in 1993, two years later in 1995 it was mothballed.


Eight years later in June 2003, it was purchased by a business consortium and is now the thriving heart of a retail complex and tourist attraction.


In the December of 2003, Tullibardine distillery once again fired up the boiler and spirit flowed from the stills for the first time in nearly nine years. Throughout the re-commissioning process, care was taken to maintain as many of the traditional methods of production as possible and utilise the skills of the distillery manager and operators in producing the Tullibardine spirit


Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Tullibardine Sovereign

225 Sauternes Finish

228 Burgundy Finish

500 Sherry Finish

Aged 20 years

Aged 25 years


Tullibardine Discontinued Bottlings

The standard Tullibardine 10 year old is no longer available and was replaced with vintage distillery editions.1988 & 1992 which are now finished.

Tullibardine Aged Oak Edition

Tullibardine Selected Vintage 1993 - 1988

Tullibardine Banyulus - Sauternes Wood – Sherry - Finishes

Tullibardine Special Edition 16 year old

Tullibardine Single Cask – 1962 – 1964 -1976,


Tullibardine Vintage 1993 ABV 40% Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This is an easy to drink malt with a nice crisp finish “eminently quaffable”.

It is smooth and mellow with a fruity flavour and has a delicate nose.  

Fresh, floral scent, vanilla, chocolate orange.


Tullibardine Vintage 1992– ABV 46%   Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Specially selected bourbon and sherry casks have been combined to produce this light coloured vintage.  It has a refreshing citrus nose with a very light hint of liquorice & toffee, medium dry with fruity and spicy notes.


Tullibardine Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery Older Bottlings

Tullibardine 30 year old Stillmans Dram

Tullibardine Best Procurable, 1964, 1965,

Tullibardine 1966 World Cup Edition

Tullibardine (Vintages) 1964, 1966, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994,

Tullibardine John Black's Selection – 2, -  3 - 4

Tullibardine John Black's Selection 1986, 1988,

Tullibardine 1993 Wood Finishes ( Marsala, Muscatel, Oloroso, Pedro Ximinez, Port, Rum, Sauternes, Sherry).

Tullibardine 1992 Rum Finish.

Tullibardine Vintage Aged 20 Years

Tullibardine Pure Pot New Make


Tullibardine Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings.

A.D Rattray



Box (Sweden)


Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Dewar Rattery


Golden Cask (House of Macduff)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Queen of the Moorlands

Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)


Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Whisky Fair (Germany)

Tullibardine Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Highland Distillery Information

Tullibardine Distillery, Blackford,


PH4 1QG,

Tel: +44 (0)1764 682 252

Visitor Centre

Please Phone to confirm times and prices


Opening hours:

9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. Last tour at 4.00pm

Distillery Tours are available Monday to Saturday Sunday

The Classic tour are on the hour from 10am and the last tour is at 4pm. Tours tend to book quickly, especially over peak periods and to avoid disappointment. This is a working distillery so disabled access is restricted to the nosing and tasting room,

Tullibardine Scotch Whisky Distillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Fresh, citric, malty.

Palate: Medium bodied. Creamy vanilla, complex fruit and nuts, a touch of spice.

Finish: Long, smooth and fruity.

Tullibardine Whisky Review

Founded in 1949

Location Highland region Midlands District, North of Alloa

Water Source: The Danny Burn


Tullibardine  Distilling Equipment

Stainless steel mash tun

6 Stainless steel washbacks

4 Pot stills

Matured in American oak bourbon casks with some casks seasoned in sherry.

Stored in traditional dunnage warehouses.

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