Ardmore company sign uploaded by Ben, 10. Feb 2015
Ardmore wash still uploaded by Ben, 10. Feb 2015


The distillery was founded by Adam Teacher in 1898 near the Town of Kennethmont. Read more about it below.

Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

Ardmore has a few standard bottlings. First the traditional cask: a medium peat smoked full bodied whisky matured in ex-Bourbon and finished in quater casks. The second is the 25 year old and third is the 30 year old.

There are a lot of independent bottlings of the Ardmore distillery, but the main production goes into the blend whisky industry. The major part of the Ardmore whisky is for the Teachers blended Scotch whisky.

The Production

The water for the Ardmore whisky comes from water sources at the Knockandy hill. Up untill the mid 70s Ardmore had its own malting and its own cooperage. As they produce mostly for the blended malt industry the output is at a high 5,2 million liters of spirit per year.

The Ardmore office
The Ardmore distillery

The Pot Stills

Ardmore has four wash stills and four spirit stills with a capacity of 15,000 liters each. The intermediate piece is very round and doesn't inlcude any reflux bowls. The lyne arm is falling after the bent and the neck is rather short and wide. This would suggest are rather intensive spirit.

Ardmore started with two stills. 60 years later the number was doubled to four stills. And in 1975 the distillery doubled the stills again to a total of 8 stills.

Up until the the turn from 2000 to 2001 the Ardmore stills were heated with coal rather than hot steam.

Pot stills
The Pot stills of the Ardmore distillery

The Malting

After the takeover in 1976 the malting floors were closed and Ardmore had to buy their malt at the big malting factories. Ardmore's malt is lightly peated and that gives the malt just the right kick to be a bit more exciting than the usual speyside whisky.

The Warehouse

Some of the warehouses at Ardmore are the former malting floors that have been reconstructed to suit as warehouses. The choice of casks at Ardmore are mostly ex-Bourbon with the Quater casks to finish.

The warehouse
The Ardmore warehouses


The distillery was founded by Adam Teacher in 1898 near the Town of Kennethmont. At the beginning of the 18th century there was another distillery called Ardmore on the Isle of Islay. This distillery had nothing to do with this Ardmore distillery except the name. Today the company belongs to Suntory company.

The Visitor Center

Unfortunately the Ardmore distillery is a big industrial complex and does not allow visitors.