Tomintoul | Around Tomintoul

Around Tomintoul

Famous for making great tasting whiskies
  • Aug 08, 2013

Tomintoul is within the whisky producing region of Speyside, famous for making great tasting whiskies. The area surrounding Tomintoul is of astounding natural beauty, with an array of flora and fauna specific to the region. Many of Scotland’s most endangered species are protected in the wilderness here.

These include the golden eagle, mountain hare, wild cat, black grouse, crossbill, dotterel, ptarmigan, crested tit, pine marten, red squirrel, water vole and otter.

Many pheasants live around the distillery and will come to visit us when the grain trucks arrive for a free dinner. One particular fellow, whom we’ve named Vincent, has become a bit of a distillery mascot, and can be fed by hand.

Around Tomintoul Distiller

Tomintoul is within the gateway to the Cairngorm National Park, in the 23,000 hectare (230 square kilometres) Glenlivet estate.

The local village of Tomintoul was built in 1776 by the 4th Duke of Gordon and is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland. As the area is so high, snow in the winter can often last quite late into the spring. However, it’s one of the driest areas in Scotland, as the Cairngorm Mountains intercept much of the rain.

There are a number of quarries in the Glenlivet estate that are no longer in use. The area holds different types of rock, including quartz and red sandstone formed as far back as 740 million years ago.

Local History

The estate of Glenlivet has been part of The Crown Estate since the 1930s, owned by the Queen of the United Kingdom. Since 1760, surplus revenue, after management expenses, from The Estate, has been surrendered to The Exchequer each year. For 600 years, The Glenlivet Estate was owned the Dukes of Gordon and Richmond. It was the 4th Duke of Gordon who planned and built the local village of Tomintoul in the 1770s.

The local minister of Tomintoul in 1797 wrote that “Tomintoul is inhabited by 37 families, without any industry. All of them sell whisky and all of them drink it. When disengaged from this business, the women spin yarn, kiss their inamoratos or dance to the discordant sounds of an old fiddle”.

The Battle of Glenlivet was fought on 3 October 1594, as a religious conflict between Catholic and Protestants forces, in response to a 1593 decree, ordering all Catholics to give up their faith or leave the country. George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly, and Francis Hay, 9th Earl of Erroll, led a Catholic force of 2000 local Highlanders from Clan Gordon, Clan Hay, Clan Comyn, Clan Cameron and Clan Cumming. They won victory over the 10,000 Protestant force led by Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll, consisting of Highlanders from Clan Campbell, Clan Murray, Clan Stewart, Clan Forbes, Clan Macgillivray, Clan Maclean, Clan Grant, and the Chattan Confederation of Clan Mackintosh. Their victory was said to be down to their use of artillery and horse over irregular infantry.

As the hills in this region of Scotland that surrounds Tomintoul are so secluded, they were the perfect place for illicit distilling. This was the small-scale illegal distillation and smuggling of whisky which was not declared to avoid tax. By 1820, as many as 14,000 illegal stills were confiscated each year. The Excise Act was introduced in 1823 so that whisky could be distilled under a licence, which allowed an acceptable profit to be made legally.

  • Aug 08, 2013

If you would like to get in touch with us, please contact:

Robert Fleming - Master Distiller

Tomintoul Distillery,
AB37 9AQ

Telephone: +44 (0)1807 590 274
Fax: +44 (0)1807 590 342


Please note that due to the risks of the Covid-19 virus, tours of the distillery are suspended until further notice.For any further information please contact Graeme Bowie on 01807 590274 or email


If you are an importer, distributor, wholesaler or supermarket group looking to import Scotch Whisky or other spirits, please contact our head office at Angus Dundee Distillers Plc.

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  • Jul 30, 2013

Tomintoul Distillery is tucked away in the Glenlivet estate in the Speyside region of Scotland, between the Cromdale Hills and the River Avon. Since production began in 1965, we have been sourcing the purest water from the Ballantruan Spring. The pure ingredients and natural environment add to the smooth and mellow character of our award-winning Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky, “the gentle dram”.  If you want to impress people with your grasp of the Scottish language, the proper way to pronounce Tomintoul is “Tom-in-TOWEL” In Scottish Gaelic this means “hill of the barn”.

  • Jul 30, 2013

We’ve lovingly made each of our Tomintoul whiskies so that they taste perfect just as they are. However, the Tomintoul range is very versatile and can be enjoyed in lots of ways. There are no rights or wrongs, as long as you are enjoying it.

Please be sure that when you’re enjoying Tomintoul, you drink it responsibility. You can visit Drink Aware for facts about drinking alcohol.


Tomintoul Whisky tastes great on its own and can be left at room temperature. Take a sip and let it sit in your mouth. Be sure to have a good “nose” (sniff) of the glass and think about the aromas as well as the flavours in the whisky. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the notes you will find when doing a whisky tasting – that’s part of the fun!

With Ice or Water

Many people like to add either ice or water to their whisky. Adding water reduces the alcohol content and can release different aromas and flavours. Usually in a whisky tasting, a drop or two of water is always added. The whisky will be tasted both with and without water to see how the flavours and aroma differ. You can add as much water as you like, though we’d suggest you add it gradually so that you can get it just right for your taste.

  • Jul 30, 2013

Tomintoul whisky is a testament to our Master Distiller, Robert Fleming, whose family has been making whisky in the Speyside Glenlivet region for four generations. He began working in the whisky industry in 1974, and worked for a number of different distilleries until coming to Tomintoul, where he has been for over 20 years. Robert is responsible for all aspects of production and is very passionate about making exceptional Scotch Whisky.

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Our team at Tomintoul is like one big friendly family. Some have been with us since the beginning. We all share one big passion – all things Tomintoul Whisky!

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