Cardhu

Location & Contact Details

Location Location: Cardhu Distillery, Knockando, Aberlour AB38 7RY
Web Web: https://www.discovering-distilleries.com/cardhu/
Telephone Telephone: +44 (0) 1479 874 630
Email Email: cardhu.distillery[at]diageo.com
Twitter Twitter: Cardhu (@cardhuwhisky)

Facts and figures

Location Archiestown, Moray, Scotland
Owner Diageo
Founded 1824
Founder John Cumming

Opening Hours

January – March

  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 3pm
    • Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
  • Friday 25th March: 10am – 5pm
    Saturday 26th March: 10am – 5pm

    • Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
  • Sunday 27th March: 11am – 4pm
    • Tour times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm 3pm

April

  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
    Saturday 30th April: 10am – 5pm

    • Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

May – June

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
    • Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
  • Sunday 1st May: 11am – 4pm
    • Tour times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

July – September

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
    • Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 4pm
    • Tour times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

October – December

  • Monday to Friday: 10am – 3pm
    • Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Please note we are closed from Friday 23rd December and will re-open on Monday 9th January 2017.

Last tour is 1 hour before closing unless otherwise stated.

Tours

Cardhu Distillery Tour

£5.00
Guided tour of the distillery and short history followed by a complimentary taste of Cardhu.
Duration 40mins

Classic Tour

£9.00
Your visit will include a guided tour of distillery and short history of our brand followed by a tutored nosing and tasting of 3 of our single malts. Guests will also receive a complimentary Cardhu Dram glass.
Duration 1hr

Collection Tour

£16.00
Guided tour of the whisky making process at Cardhu Distillery and a short history followed by a tutored nosing and tasting of six of our single malts. Guests will also receive a complimentary Cardhu Glencairn Glass.
Duration 1hr 15mins

Tutored Nosing & Tasting

Our tutored nosing and tastings gives our visitor the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of single malts and blends. You will be guided through your tutored nosing and tasting by one of our guides who can also recommend whiskies you may wish to try. As our tastings options are very popular please call ahead to make a reservation.
£6 – includes two 25ml measures
£9.50 – includes two 25ml measures and a Cardhu Dram glass to take home
£12 – includes four 25ml measures
£15.50 – includes four 25ml measures and a Cardhu Dram glass to take home

History

Cardhu is one of Diageo’s Classic Malts.

The distillery was set up by John Cumming, who had previously been a whisky smuggler, in 1824. The distillery was sited high up on Mannoch Hill, above the River Spey due to the peat softening the water. The distillery started as farm distillery working on a seasonal basis after the harvest had been gathered. The distillery was mainly run by his wife Helen who used to sell bottles of whisky to passers-by through the window of their farmhouse.

In 1885 the distillery was rebuilt on a new piece of land but continued to stay in the hands of the Cummings, being run by Elizabeth Cumming, the daughter-in-law of Helen Cumming. The stills from the old distillery building were sold to William Grant who set up Glenfiddich distillery. The new building and stills meant that Cardhu could produce triple the amount of whisky it had previously produced. These higher production levels led to Johnnie Walker and Sons buying much of Cardhu’s output to put into their increasingly popular blend.

In 1893 Elizabeth Cumming sold the distillery to Johnnie Walker and Sons on the condition that the Cumming family could continue the day-to-day running of the distillery. Cardhu distillery kept working under these conditions until the onset of the Second World War when wartime restrictions meant that it was harder to use barley for distilling purposes.

In 1960 the distillery’s still-house, mash-house and tun-room were rebuilt, and in 1970 steam coils were introduced to heat the stills and the number of stills was increased to six. Spring water from Mannoch Hill started to be mixed with water from the local Lynne burn to supply the increased production of the distillery.

In December 2003, parent company Diageo caused controversy by halting the production of Cardhu single malt and replacing it with a blended malt which they labelled a ‘pure malt’ using the same bottle design and label as its single malt. This was done in order to keep up with increased demand for the whisky, particularly in Spain and Portugal, as well as for use in Johnnie Walker blended whiskies. The decision by Diageo angered both consumers and other whisky producers who were worried that the single malt image would be damaged. Diageo responded to the criticism by agreeing to change the label style and colour of their pure malt in order to avoid consumer confusion. Sales of Cardhu pure malt dropped substantially due to the change.

Information correct as of 6/5/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Cardhu Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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