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  • A family owned, independent distillery. The history of Tullibardine as a location for brewing and distilling is one of the oldest in Scotland, dating back to the 15th Century. If your visiting Tullibardine Distillery check out accommodation around Blackford

    The story begins in 1488, when a young King James, IV of Scotland, stopped by before his coronation to purchase beer from the local brewery.

    This brewery was known for producing fine beer as a result of the local water source.

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    By 1503, the King had granted them a Royal Charter.

    It was in 1947 that William Delmé-Evans began converting this original brewery into the Tullibardine Distillery.

    Upon testing the water from the nearby springs, Delmé-Evans knew he had found the perfect location for distilling whisky.

    The water comes from the surrounding Ochil Hills, drawn from the Danny Burn.

    Formed here over 400 million years ago with layers of basalt and red sandstone, these hills are well known for the gold that was once mined from them.

    The clear water that runs through them will have taken 15 years to reach the Danny Burn.

    In 1979, Highland Spring began to bottle this same water.

    Once the whisky has been distilled, The experts select first fill casks from the very best Bourbon distilleries to create the signature Tullibardine Sovereign.

    They then select barriques, hogsheads and ex sherry butts from the wine chateaus of Europe, they only ever use the finest first fill cask to impart maximum flavour and colour.

    This is important as during the whisky making process, up to 70% of the flavour and colour will come from the wood.