Tamnavulin presents first official bottling in twenty years

Petra Milde |

A single malt is released to mark the 50th anniversary of the distillery

There hasn’t been an official bottling of the Tamnavulin single malt whisky for more than 20 years. Now a release of this Speyside whisky has been announced to mark the 50th anniversary of the distillery. "Tamnavulin Double Cask" is the name of this whisky that was matured in ex-Bourbon casks and was then finished in Ex-Sherry casks. It will be released without age statement and an alcohol content of 40% ABV and it will be available only in the UK first. The rest of Europe will have to wait for this Tamnavulin Single Malt until early 2017.

Tamnavulin produces high amount of whisky

With an annual production of 4 million liters Tamnavulin isn’t one of the smaller representatives among the Scottish whisky distilleries. But what is produced here is mainly bound to be used for the blends of distillery owner Whyte & Mackay or is made on behalf of other traders or discounters. Maybe you have already heard of Ben Bracken Single Malt Whisky? If you want an old single malt with the name Tamnavulin on the label and you are willing to pay a bit more for it you might find one of the Tamnavulin Rare Old of Gordon & MacPhail in some shops.

Mothballed and re-opened

Tamnavulin Distillery was built by Invergordon distillers in 1966 and sold to Whyte & Mackay in 1993. Two years later the company closed the distillery and re-opened it 12 years later when Whyte & Mackay was taken over by United Spirits from India. In 2014 Whyte & Mackay and therefor as well Tamnavulin was sold to the Philippian brandy producer Emperador for 430 million pound.

About the author Petra Milde

Petra Milde is a freelance author of books and specialist writing about spirits and food. She has been supporting the Whisky.de editorial team since 2015 and creates informative and entertaining articles in the news section.

Besides her writing work, she moderates tastings and can be met at spirits fairs, both behind the stands and in front of them, looking for new products and interesting people to talk to.