Ardnamurchan Distillery was established in 2014. It has strong, green credentials using local renewable energy sources and returning the waste back to the land in the form of animal feed and fertiliser. Ardnamurchan produces both peat and unpeated whisky and is owned by the well known independent whisky bottlers, Adelphi.
Their mascot is Sir William Gladstone dressed in Highland dress dancing a jig over barley. The cartoon was originally published in Punch magazine. Gladstone was Prime Minister when the law was changed as to how whisky was taxed. Originally distillers were taxed on the level casks were filled to. The law change in 1860 meant tax was paid on the amount left meaning it accounted for evaporation and encouraged longer maturation times.
In 2020 the distillery released its first much anticipated single malt. Ardnamurchan AD/09.20:01 which marks the return of Adelphi to its distilling roots.
Ardnamurchan Distillery Tours
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Arnamurchan Distillery is closed to visitors. Normally these include The Standard Tour (£8) takes 45 minutes and ends with a dram. Other options include the Manager’s Tour (£40), a more in depth tour, followed by a tasting in the bar of 4 drams (includes complimentary glass). Duration 1.5 hours.
Whisky merchants and bottlers are increasingly making the move into production by building or reviving allow distilleries. They often bring extensive knowledge and history as well as established client bases. Other example of this move into distillation include Benromach in Speyside and Kingsbarns Distillery in Fife.
Ardnamurchan Distillery is in a very isolated position. It’s about 45 miles from the Glenfinnan Viaduct which is a popular stop for Harry Potter fans. Glenfinnan was also the area where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion which ended at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.