Tobermory Island Whisky Distillery
There is some confusion over this distillery as Tobermory Distillery was called the Ledaig Distillery when it was founded and the distillery continues to release whisky under this name. Tobermory is a town on the Island of Mull and has become better known due to a popular childrens TV programme called Ballamory filmed in the town. Tobermory comes from the Gaelic Tobar Mhoire which means ‘Well of Mary’ referring to an old Christian settlement on the island. Ledaig is also a Gaelic term means ‘safe haven’ and if you have been to Tobermory and seen the natural harbour you would understand why.
John Sinclair applied to build Ledaig distillery in 1797 however was refused but after appeal was granted the following the year and this males Tobermory Distillery one of the oldest operational whisky distilleries in the world celebrating 200 years in 1998.
However the road to the 200 birthday hasn’t been without incident, the distillery has been closed on a number of occasions between 1837 and 1878, 1928 and 1972 and 1978 and 1990. This means the distillery has only been producing whisky for about half its lifetime. The distillery changed hands over this period but interestingly hasn’t fallen into the hands of one of the drinks giants and is now owned by Burn Stewart whose whisky distillery portfolio includes Bunnahabhain and Deanston.
There are two official bottling of single malt scotch whisky which as you can guess are called Tobemory and Ledaig. The Island of Mull is a beautiful place and worth visiting to take in the breath taking scenery and the fine fishing village of Tobermory, not to mention a dram of whisky or two.
Taste: Only lightly peated unlike Ledaig from the same distillery with fruit, nuts and honey.