Ardmore Distillery was founded in the
year of 1898 by the blending company William Teachers &
Sons. The Distillery lies next to the railway between
Aberdeen and Inverness in the village Kennethmont.
The purpose was as with almost all
distilleries started at that time to supply malt whisky
to the blended industry. In this case it was the owners
own blend -Teachers.
In 1974 Ardmore expanded its distillery from four to
eight stills. Around the same time they ceased to malt
their own barley. Ardmore purchased the distillery in
1976 but is now owned by Fortune Brands. It is one of
the biggest distilleries measured in total capacity(4.2
million litres per annum). Most of the whisky is used
for making blended whisky. Ardmore are among the few distilleries
with their own cooperage.
A Selection of Ardmore
Ardmore Centenary 12 yo 40%
Ardmore Centenary 21 yo 43%
Ardmore 1992 13 yo 46% Signatory
Ardmore 1994 11 yo Heavily peated
Single malts of Scotland
whisky that sometimes is mistaken for a Islay whisky.
Oily and smoky
with slight sharry notes and hints of fruit.
Ardmore takes its
water from 14 springs south from the distillery at
Knockandy Hills. Since the mid-70s they source their
barley from Buckies Maltings. The barley is moked to
approximately 10 ppm.
The distillery has a 12 ton mash tun made from Stainless steel.
They have 14 wash backs made
from Oregon pine with a total capacity of 90.000 litres.
All stills are onion shaped and hold 15.000 litres each.
The spirit stills have longer necks than the wash
Ardmore still uses
direct fire. They store almost only on used
bourbon barrels. . Ardmore Distillery produces around
three million litres per annum.
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