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
The Distillery draws its water from 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".
Tullibardine 1488 Tullibardine 1488 is part
of a major new development which is now open. The name 1488
was chosen in remembrance of the year King James IV celebrated
his coronation and purchased beer from the brewery which was
situated where the Tullibardine Distillery is today.
Distillery records show the original capacity of the distillery
was '35,000 proof gallons per annum' by 1953.
The distillery was increased in capacity over the following
years through various measures with each change being based
on the efficiency principles laid down by Delme Evans. In
1971, Tullibardine was purchased by Invergordon Distillers
and two years later, in 1973, the distillery was again increased
in capacity through repositioning the existing stills and
adding two additional stills, duplicates of the existing
pair. At its peak production, Tullibardine Distillery employed
21st Century The distillery lay dormant until the
June of 2003 when it was bought along with the existing
stock of Tullibardine whisky. This was a long and difficult
purchase involving many different parties all coming together
to enable the distillery to be reopened. 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. The care, attention to detail and passion which
is instilled by the team at Tullibardine has resulted in
the production of a superb spirit which is laid to rest
in the finest casks available. Now that we are up and running,
we will produce enough spirit for our future needs and those
of our customers. This is not an easy projection to make
as we do not know how popular Tullibardine will be in years
to come but what we can ensure is that it is as good as
we can make it.
Distillery Tours ~ Nosing ~ Tasting
The distillery reopened to visitors on Friday 5th
November 2004 after being mothballed some ten years earlier.
Join us for a short but informative distillery tour and
enjoy a taste of our whisky. Tours run throughout the day,
7 days a week and take approx 1/2 hour (generally from 10am
to 4pm on the hour every day). This is a working distillery
so disabled access is restricted to the nosing and tasting
room, shop and Café 1488. Group rate available on
request (must be pre-booked). Children must be over 5 to
go on tour and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tours must be pre-booked and take up to 2 hours. These are
more in-depth, allowing nosing straight from the cask, tour
of our bonded warehouse and tasting of a range of vintages
(subject to availability). Do you have something else in
mind? Let us know and we will endeavour to accommodate you.
Opening Times & Frequency
The Tullibardine Distillery is open 7 days a week from 10am
to 5pm. Tours are generally from 10am to 4pm on the hour
Standard Tour: Adults £5.00, Groups
(10+ people) £4.00, Senior Citizens & Students
£3.00, Under 18’s (no nosing & tasting)
Family (up to 5 people & must include 1 adult) £13.00.
The Standard Tour takes approximately ¾ hour and
is suitable if you have never toured a distillery or want
to see another one. This includes nosing (a sensory lesson)
and a taste of 2 of our single malts (over 18s only); other
tastes can be purchased for an additional cost, please ask
for details or see below under ‘Tullibardine Bar’.
Children (over 5’s) are welcome and can take part
in our quiz during the tour.
Tutored Tasting £7.50, Bonded Tour £15.00, Connoisseur
Tutored Tasting: Relax and enjoy three
different expressions of The Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch
Whisky. The nosing and tasting will be held in our Tasting
Room and you will be guided through each whisky step-by-step
for the full whisky experience, please allow approximately
Bonded Tour: Whether you are a whisky
enthusiast or whisky novice you would like to spend a little
more time getting to know more about the skill and time
that goes into the making of Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch
Whisky. Chances are you have been round various distilleries
and have knowledge of the process but want to get your teeth
into the behind the scenes work that goes on, well this
one is for you! This tour takes approx. 1½ hours
and gives you the full experience of the skill and effort
that goes into creating The Tullibardine Single Malt Whisky.
The tour will end in our tasting room, where you will nose
and sample 3 of our Tullibardine Whiskies. Please note that
this tour must be pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance,
subject to availability.
Connoisseur Tour: This more in-depth
tour for the aficionado takes around 2 hours will take you
around the distillery and into the bonded warehouse where
our guide will pull a whisky (or two) straight from a cask
for nosing. Afterwards, you will be taken to the tasting
room for a tutored tasting of the Tullibardine Range. Please
note that this tour must be pre-booked at least 48 hours
in advance, subject to availability
* A non-refundable deposit of £10 per head is required
for Bonded and Connoisseur Tours.
“Tullibardine Bar” Interested
in buying a bottle? Just fancy a wee taste? We are here
to help. We have the full range of Tullibardine available
for you to taste. Just ask one of our members of staff and
we will be more than happy to take you down to our tasting
room where you can sample your whisky in style. All our
whiskies are available from £2 per dram.
Ample free car parking is available.
Handicapped as well as baby changing facilities are available.
Visitor Centre & Retail Shop
In November 2004, Tullibardine opened the doors of the distillery
and new visitor centre to the public. This is a small part
of one of the best out-of-town retail locations in Scotland,
the other retail units later opened offering visitors a
unique Scottish experience. The new centre offers unforgettable
tours of the distillery by experienced guides as well as
connoisseur tours with the vastly experienced Distillery
The new retail shop has a distinctively Scottish influence,
providing a range of unique gifts, accessories and seasonal
products, such as glassware, pottery, fabrics, hand-made
wood products and luxurious soaps and cosmetics. The licensed
restaurant, Cafe 1488, uses only the freshest local ingredients
to create a delicious range of soups, hot and cold sandwiches
and home baked products. Along with a range of fine quality
tea, Starbucks coffee, ales, whisky and soft drinks.
We consider Tullibardine to be the 'delicatessen' in a world
of supermarkets. We are a very small company who are intensely
passionate about what we do, producing a unique quality
product for sale to a discerning customer. By chance however,
we are the most accessible distillery in Scotland being
on the doorstep of Gleneagles and within 45 minutes drive
north of Glasgow and Edinburgh. We extend a warm welcome
to all of our customers and look forward to welcoming you
personally, if not then 'virtually', to our distillery.
The Tullibardine Team
Tullibardine distillery was purchased on the 17th
June 2003 by a group of four individuals with a passion
for business and whisky. The group had been working on the
purchase of the distillery for a few years prior to eventually
bringing the deal together and were delighted to achieve
their long held dream of bringing the distillery back on
stream and resurrecting the Tullibardine brand.
Shortly after purchasing the distillery, John Black joined
the company as the distillery manager. John has literally
spent his whole life at distilleries having been born at
Cardhu Distillery in Speyside
and spent the rest of his working life running and managing
distilleries. John has worked tirelessly at the task of
bringing Tullibardine back to life and has brought all of
his years of skill and experience to bear in the resurrection
of the distillery. John is assisted in his role by David
Myles and 6 others.
David Myles has brought a wealth of experience to Tullibardine
and has recently been promoted to production manager. Prior
to joining Tullibardine he had worked with Burns Stewart
Distillers plc since 1990 and his various roles of warehouse
operative to stillman, chargehand and mashman have stood
him in good stead for his role.
Blackford, Perthshire, PH4 1QG, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1764 682252 / Fax: Fax: +44 (0)1764 682330
Courtesy of Tullibardine Distillery