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Tamnavulin Scotch Whisky Review

Tamnavulin Scotch whisky distillery was built in 1966 by Invergordon Distillers and was the only distillery to be actually built on the banks of the River Livet.


Tamnavulin means ‘mill on the hill’ in Gaelic, the distillery originally known as Tamnavulin-Glenlivet later dropped the Glenlivet from its title. The old wool mill was turned into a visitors centre and the waterwheel that powered the machinery was restored.


The water used in production comes from springs at Easterton and is stored in an underground reservoir before being pumped to the distillery via an underground pipe. The water from the River Livet is used for cooling purposes only.


In 1993 Whyte & Mackay bought Invergordon Distillers, with the mothballing of Tamnavulin Distillery following in May of 1995.


In 2007 Whyte & Mackay was bought by United Spirits and the distillery reopend in July.



Tamnavulin Whisky Tasting Notes


Distillery Style


Nose :      Light and delicate . Heather, honey, slightly herbal.

Palate :    Light and uncomplicated. Malt, honey, grassy.

Finish :    Creamy and floral.




Tamnavulin 12 year old Provenance 1994 46%

Drawn from two Refill Hogsheads 3362 + 3363


Nose :      Light, grassy, hay, cream crackers, slightly floral.

Palate :    Delicate, herbal, gentle fruit.

Finish :    Soft, short and sweet.


Tamnavulin single malt whisky Tamnavulin Provenance 12 year old