Not a great example of architecture this is a 1960’s built whisky distillery with a focus on functionality over design and that is being complementary. To say this is a blot on the landscape or eyesore is fair as communist Russia would have been embarrassed to have this as a factory building. The name Tamnavulin is believed to come from the village Tomnavoulin which in Gaelic means ‘Mill on the hill’. The whisky distillery takes its water supply from underground springs but uses water from the River Livet to cool the stills. This is the only distillery which actually is located on the banks of the River Livet yet many take the Rivers name. Invergordon Distillers Ltd was responsible for building Tamnavulin and installed 6 stills giving Tamnavulin a massive capacity of 4 million litres per annum.
Whisky ceased being produced at Tamnavulin on 1995 when the distillery was mothballed but when United Spirits took ownership of Whyte & MacKay in 2007 it was brought back into production and is now operating at near full capacity.
Taste: The most readily available 12 year old Tamnavulin single malt scotch whisky is grassy and perfumed on the nose and a little rough on the palate (slightly less so with water) but finishes well.