Tobermory

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Isle Of Mull, Tobermory PA75 6NR
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 1688 302647
Web" Web: http://tobermorydistillery.com/the-distillery/distillery-tours/
Twitter" Twitter: Tobermory Distillery (@TobermoryWhisky)

Facts and figures

LocationIsle of Mull
Founded1798
FounderJohn Sinclair
OwnerBurn Stewart (Distell)
Stills4 wash stills 4 spirit stills

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday/Sunday 10am to 5pm

Tours

Tobermory Tour

Discover how they have been distilling our single malt whisky since 1798 on Mull.

£8 per person

Includes a dram of the Tobermory 10yo at the end of your tour

45 minute duration approx.

Tobermory Classic Tour

Discovering the two single malts they hand craft from their distillery, which will you prefer?

£10 per person

Includes 2 drams at the end of your tour – 1 x Tobermory 10yo & 1 x Ledaig 10yo

45 minute distillery tour

Tour Tastings

Starting at £20 per person

Includes a personal tutored tasting of the Tobermory & Ledaig single malts including 1 of th Distillery Limited Editions

Minimum - 3 drams

£5.00 Reward Voucher with each tour which is redeemable in the distillery shop against any 70cl bottle of single malt whisky.

Open 7 days per week

During Peak Summer & Holiday Periods we recommend booking in advance.

History

The distillery was founded as Ledaig distillery in 1798 by John Sinclair, ten years after the founding of Tobermory by the British Fisheries Society. Sinclair had originally arrived in the village as a merchant dealing with soda ash from burning the locally available kelp. In April 1797, he applied for 57 acres to the south of the harbor in order to build houses and a distillery. Distilling had been banned in the UK since 1795 in order to save grain for the War of the First Coalition with France. Although he was originally told to build a brewery instead, he remained with the original plan and additionally built a pier known as "Sinclair's Quay".

The current buildings were constructed during that first period of occupation, and were licensed in 1823. It was acquired by John Hopkins & Co in 1890, and by Distillers Company in 1916 before closing in 1930 following a drop in the demand for whisky due to ten years of prohibition in the United States.

The colourful houses of Tobermory village
In 1972 it was reopened under the name of Ledaig Distillery (Tobermory) Ltd. In May 1975, production had to stop for a month as storage space for the whisky had run out. The construction of a bonded warehouse had been delayed, causing fourteen workers to be laid off in the duration. This was followed by the distillery going into receivership, with it being purchased by the Kirkleavington Property Company in 1978, it opened again between 1979 and 1981. In the 1980s, the warehouses were sold off for conversion into flats, and as such maturation no longer takes place on site. It closed again until 1989, and in 1991 it was purchased by Burn Stewart Distillers for £600,000 plus £200,000 for stock.

Burn Stewart Distillers were bought out by Trinidad–based CL Financial for £49 million in 2002, including the distillery at Tobermory and Deanston. It remains the only whisky distillery on the Isle of Mull, in the main village of Tobermory at the northern tip of the island. Tobermory is known for the variety of colours that the houses of the shore front are painted in and for being the location of the children's television show Balamory. The distillery itself is located at the foot of a steep hill, at the head of the bay.

In 2012, during the driest summer for thirty years, the distillery was forced to halt production temporarily, to preserve the quality and consistency of its whisky. Early the following year, following several further months of unusually dry weather, there was another temporary halt to production. On each occasion, the water level in the small, private loch used to supply water to the distillery had dipped to such an extent that proper rainfall was needed to replenish it to a satisfactory level. In 2013 Burn Stewart was bought by Distell Group Limited of South Africa.

Information correct as of 21/07/2018
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Tobermory distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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