The Speyside distillery is asking people to come forward with their Tamdhu memories, artefacts and photographs, as it seeks to build a brand archive and delve more deeply into the social history of its past.
|Tamdhu Distillery Manager Sandy McIntyre|
Born on the banks of the River Spey in 1897, Tamdhu Distillery was considered the most technologically-advanced of its time. Enthused by the optimism of Queen Victoria’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee, it was built by a consortium of merchants and gentlemen of the whisky trade who had raised today's equivalent of £20 million to fund the project. It was designed by Charles C Doig Esq - the pre-eminent distillery architect and engineer of the day.
Tamdhu is now owned by one of Scotland’s leading, independent family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. Its quality is defined by the hint of peat in its malted barley, the natural Speyside water that is drawn directly from the Tamdhu spring and the 100% exclusive use of only the finest sherry oak casks.
Commenting on the news, Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said: “Since the distillery was reopened in 2012 by Ian Macleod Distillers, Tamdhu has been growing in popularity all over the world, and people love hearing about the history of how our whisky is made, and the people who made it. We already have some brilliant archive material – for example, the wages log from way back in 1897, and the original distillery blueprints - but I know there must be lots more out there."
He went onto say: “We’re interested in hearing stories from those who have worked here and their friends and family, and will be collecting photographs and memorabilia, and anything else which people might have hidden away. And, as we are custodians of the old Tamdhu/Dalbeallie railway station, we’d also be thrilled to receive any stories or images relating to it. Our aim is to create an online archive which people can explore and maybe, in time, establish something here at the distillery too.”
Enthusiasts that have any Tamdhu stories or memorabilia, are asked to upload them via the brands social media accounts, using the hashtag #TamdhuTimes
Posted by Steve Rush