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  • The Returned!

    Tomintoul 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky in World Record breaking size bottle of 105.3L has finally returned to its home town!Bottle with small one

    We are delighted to have our grand bottle back in its highest village in Scotland, Tomintoul! The Big Bottle required a large team of people to make its move from the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh back to the Whisky Castle in Tomintoul (

    Why not visit the Whisky Castle to take a shot with our monumental sized bottle!

    We would love for you to post them to us on // // by by post to Head Office in London : 20-21 Cato Street, W1H 5JQ // or by email to 


  • “Canna it be” Burns Night already?

    =With some great piping, sumptuous haggis, tatties and neeps, and a night of reciting appropriate poetry -  Burns' birthday looms very close indeed and the traditional celebration of this life and poetry is upon once us again!

    Robert Burns (1759-1796) was born on the 25 January and we may pay tribute to him, his life and works, all year round – nevertheless his birthday has become a “beacon” to celebrate this infamous man and his poetry.

    Why not accompany this delightful evening with some Tomintoul Single Malt – prefer a peated malt? Why not try our  Tomintoul Peaty Tang.

    Visit our website to find your closest UK stockist on our interactive map.

    “Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
    And sae let the Lord be thankit.”


  • Tremendous 33 year old

    Tremendous 33 year old!

    The New Year sets the precedent for all annual book releases and Jim Murray’s whisky bible is no exception.

    Jim Murray’s infamous whisky bible is a collection of over 4,500 whiskies crossing all continents – providing a concise directory into the vast and complex world of whisky. This is Jim’s 11th year and whisky bible, providing us once again with over 1,100 new entries. Not a bad job really, with only 365 days a year – Jim is averaging a minimum of 3 whiskies a day and that’s only for the new entries!

    Despite his overstretched schedule, Jim Murray has had time to re-taste and re-evaluate our tremendous Tomintoul aged 33 years. Last year Jim had allocated a respectable 90.5 which placed us in the “Brilliant” category of his score chart. This year however, Jim has inscribed that our 33 year old is “just about textbook aged high quality malt: exotic fruit at every turn... and displaying extraordinary depth and intensity into the bargain”. And yes you guessed it; we have been decorated with a superb 95.5, placing the fabulous 33 year old in the category of “Superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live”. We knew you could do it; congratulations Tomintoul’s 33 year old! Well worth the long, long wait!

    NB: (do not wait too long – as the stock are running very low of the 33 year old)

  • the Season of The “Christmas Party”

    the Season of the “Christmas Party”

    Once again it is that time of year, all the pubs, bars and restaurants are overflowing with merry enjoyment as we all fall victim to the overindulging winter celebrations!

    Amongst arranging our own personal social calendars of catch-ups with long lost friends, dinners with relatives and romantic days out with loved ones; we also have the more formal but certainly no less merrier Christmas bash. And here at Angus Dundee, we are no exception!

    As we set off from our various abodes, from Scotland and England alike – to the debonair Dorchester in London for our lovely Christmas Party last Saturday, none knew the exquisite evening planned ahead. From aperitif to desert, the party was a success!

    The chatter and laughter of all the colleagues with their “plus 1” at the pre-dinner bar proved the beginning of the convivial and family sense of the company. We were then ushered through to the beautifully laid out dinning room , as our evening’s entertainment fluttered in with Dawn Harvey, our lovely receptionist, performing two dances with her belly-dancing troupe. As the evening moved on, so did the merriment and entertainment. We were spellbound by Jean Hillman’s singing, accompanied by Gary on the baby Grand, which finished on the captivating rendition of “I dreamed a dream” from “les Miserables”.

    We were then delighted to have Terry Hillman come forward to do a lovely speech, with a traditional resume of the past year, linking it to the global Scotch Whisky industry and the developments at Angus Dundee Distillers throughout its time.

     The medals and cup were then awarded by Tania Hillman to the participant of the inaugural Angus Dundee Golf competition played the previous day. Robert Fleming was kind enough to say a few words and suggested that maybe a golf course in some warmer climate may be more appropriate for the next competition!

    Aaron Hillman came forward to say some words of thank you, to his workers and colleagues for another great year – with the hope that we would go from strength to strength, not only as a company but also as a team.

    Lorne Mackillop amused us greatly with his annual Christmas speech, not sure the theme this year was as seasonal as former ones. Nevertheless, thank you Lorne for trying to entertain us every year!

    Last, but by no means least – Duncan Baldwin, our multi-talented colleague, burst out some great tunes firstly on the piano before playing his guitar and singing his famous adapted songs!

    Our evening came to a close, when the youngest member present, Elliot Kendall, one of Terry’s grandsons, came forward to present Terry with a gift of thankfulness from all of us at Angus Dundee - symbolising our recognition and appreciation of Terry and the company. This was a custom-made pen and pencil set made from a stave from an ex-whisky oak barrel.

    What a great Bash!                                   xmasparty 2013 copy

  • England vs Scotland

    On Friday 13th December, Crews Hill Golf Club became the venue for the inaugural Angus Dundee Golf Match pitting players selected from our English office against a visiting team from our Scottish locations. Yes, England vs Scotland! Our team members met in a good competitive spirit as the early morning fog lifted to give way to a beautifully mild late autumn day in Middlesex.

    The England team consisted of our youngest member and organiser of the event Jordan Kendall, Regional Director Duncan Baldwin, Financial Controller Dilip Mapara and Chief Accountant Tim Craik. The Scotland team was composed of our Managing Director Aaron Hillman, Master Distiller Robert Fleming, General Operations Manager Martin Meldrum and Operations Manager Steven McNeil  They set off in two teams of four playing a ‘4 ball better ball stableford’.

    With some sociable banter and friendly rivalry, the teams played marvellously well in an evenly contested match which concluded appropriately in a draw!

    Post-match, each team member was given a medal, and a trophy will now have the winners of the 2013 event engraved as England and Scotland with a shared ownership in this inaugural year. The trophy will spend its first six months with the Scottish team!

    Next year, the trophy will once again be competed for – I heard that a new venue may be found for the next match : “La Manga, anyone?!”golf day copy

  • Convivial Camaraderie in support of the NFU

    Distilleries across the regions in Scotland came together throughout this summer to create an exclusive collection for a unique blend of Scotch Whiskies to raise money for the National Farmers Union’s Centenary Fund. Tomintoul Dist

    The distilleries across the regions of Scotland have donated bottles of their distinctive whiskies to be blended in a cask; the tour started from Auchroisk Distillery and finished on Friday 4th October at Dufftown’s iconic Glenfiddich Distillery passing through many distilleries including our lovely Tomintoul. Tomintoul distillery donated a Tomintoul 12YO Single Malt scotch whisky at cask strength. Proudly donating this Tomintoul 12YO cask sample is our Production Supervisor, Andrew Sim.

    These whiskies will be creating a “Pillage Malt” to be left for a few months in cask to craft a unique and most likely impossible to re-create blend of Malt Scotch Whiskies. The cask will be bottled at the end of the year in preparation for the auction at the union’s annual meeting in February 2014 to raise money for the union’s Centenary Fund that is assisting schools and other farm-related initiatives across Scotland. This distinctive blend will be known as the “Banffshire Centenary Blended Malt”.