Ledaig
Distillery
Founded in 1798
Ledaig Distillery is located in Tobermory village, on the Hebridean island of Mull.

The distillery started its life as one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, in 1798, under the name of Ledaig, which means safe haven. The distillery was founded by John Sinclair, and today it is known as Tobermory Distillery.

He was actually originally told to build a brewery. Ledaig experienced numerous mothballs and takeovers. In 1837 it was mothballed for 41 years, and until 1916, various owners managed the distillery. In 1916, DCL bought the distillery, but it closed again after 14 years.

After this period, a Liverpool shipping company purchased and renovated the distillery, renaming it Tobermory. In 1993, Burns Stewart Distillers purchased the distillery. This was the start of the golden days.

Tobermory does not operate at its full capacity of 1m liters, but it does produce 750k liters per year. Mishnish Loch is the source of water used in the distillery. Although the barley used in the distillery is unpeated, the water source is filled with peaty phenols, which gives Tobermory a slightly phenolic character.

There are four washbacks and two pairs of pot stills, with a 5 ton cast-iron mash tun. There is little storage in Tobermory, thus casks are stored in the sister distillery Deanston.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
    Islands
  • Established
    1798
  • Owner
    Distell Group
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    4
  • Visitor Center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Tobermory Distillery Tobermory Isle of Mull Argyll PA75 6NR United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1688 302647
  • Website
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Malt Whisky production in the distillery is split half and half, between the Tobermory and Ledaig single malts, according to the malt Whisky Yearbook.

The old name 'Ledaig' means 'safe haven' in Gaelic.

Sinclair was only allowed to build a brewery, because his application for a distillery was rejected, due to the conservation of grain stores for the War of the First Coalition with France, between 1795 and 1797.
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Islands
There are hundreds of islands scatered arond the perimeter of the Scottish mainland, but only a handful of them - ArranMullJuraSkye and Orkney - are home to a distillery. 

Island Whiskies are tempered by saline shores, brewing storms and the purply peated moors. But when it comes to flavours, shapeshifting is an island game. Though most Island Whiskies are salted by the sea and you can find plenty of challenging drams full of maritime notes here, some are sweet and herbal.
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