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Produced by:  Chivas Brothers / Pernod Ricard

Region:  Speyside

House Style: Nutty, Firm, Smooth



The Tormore Distillery was built in 1958 and is an amazing picturesque setting. The distillery's original purpose was to contribute to Long John blended whisky, but later is was also used as an element of Ballantines. Designed by architect Sir Albert Richardson, a past president of the Royal Academy, it was the first new distillery built in the 20th century. There were 12 sites selected in the Speyside "Golden Triangle" before Tormore was chosen - a high cold place which benefits from the fresh pine forest air.  It was established as a showcase after 200 years plus of distilling experience, with the highest quality materials.

TormoreDistilleryThe internationally known architect was successful in creating a building unlike the usual classic Highland distilleries.  he avoided the mundane look of the concrete and glass boxes which most distilleries were modeled upon, and instead created beautifully great arched windows, stone balustrading and fine strip-fenestration on the roof ridge which gives this distillery considerable style and originality.

In 1975, Long John was absorbed by Whitbread & Co. and the distillery was then acquired by Allied Distillers Ltd. Chivas Brothers / Pernod Ricard have since owned the distillery since 2005.

Below the distillery, in the River Spey, is one of the few remaining beds of freshwater Pearl mussels. The way the mussels flourish in these waters is a testament to the purity of the river and its tributaries.  Elsewhere, pollution has made these pearl mussels extinct.

The Tormore Distillery produces a truly enjoyable malt whisky with a remarkable smoothness, combined with a subtle citrus tang.  Also known as producing a malt of character and complexity, the Tormore Distillery is the Pear of Speyside.  The name reflects its brilliant appearance and honours the freshwater pearl mussels flourishing in the pure clean waters of the River Spey.