At the banks of the River Livet, by the Tamnavulin whisky distillery, there sits an ancient three storey wool carding mill. Built of rubble, the mill dates back to 1560 and accordingly the village Tomnavoulin - note the differing spelling - takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘Mill on the hill’. The Tamnavulin whisky distillery draws its water from underground springs in the surrounding hillside and takes its cooling waters from the River Livet, whose headwaters rise in the Grampians in Moray before flowing eleven miles until their confluence with the River Avon.
Founded in 1966 by a subsidiary of Invergordon Distillers Ltd, the whisky distillery has changed little during its relatively short life. Woefully, the Tamnavulin is rather typical of 1960s-constructed distilleries and the exterior is decidedly industrial, in stark contrast to its markedly stunning locality. The three pairs of stills have a total capacity of four million litres annually, though this has yet to be reached.
The Tamnavulin distillery has been under the ownership of United Spirits since their acquisition of Whyte and Mackay in 2007. The whisky distillery had previously been silent for over a decade, having been mothballed in May of 1995. Under the new ownership, there has been the addition of new staff as well as increased working hours; Tamnavulin now operates seven days a week, which should bring production to near full capacity.
Tamnavulin Double Cask was the first release from the distillery since the 1990s! Over the past 20 or so years, the distillery changed hands from Invergordon Distillers to Whyte & MacKay, closed a few years later and reopened in 2007. Much of its single malt output is used in blends, but a few casks of single malt would sneak out as indie bottlings to allow us a rare taste of Tamnavulin - but now they've got their very own expression! They initially mature it in American oak barrels before treating them to a finishing period in Sherry casks.
Aromas of Chocolate mousse, extra thick double cream with a dusting of brown sugar, stewed apples and blackberries. Christmas pudding, chocolate brownies, yellow plum and toffee-coated barley fill the palate. Spiced rum sweetness lingers on the finish.
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Name Tamnavulin Double Cask Country Scotland Region Speyside ABV% 40% Size 700ml Dietary Information No