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Teaninich marks 200 years with rare chance to tour distillery

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Teaninich marks 200 years with rare chance to tour distillery

Originally Posted: The Spirits Business
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Based in Alness, Ross-shire, Teaninich was founded in 1817 by local landowner and chief of the Munro clan Captain Hugh Munro.

Now, as the distillery prepares to celebrate 200 years of operation, members of the public will be able to tour the distillery on Saturday 12 August.

Free tours will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with special tasting tours to be held at 12pm and 2pm at a cost of £10 per person. For further details, contact Glen Ord Distillery on 01463 872004.

“It is a great honour to be the manager of Teaninich Distillery as we celebrate its 200th year,” commented Diane Farrell, Teaninich Distillery manager. “Since Captain Hugh Munro first had the idea of building a distillery here, everyone involved at the distillery has worked every day to make great single malt Scotch whisky.

“With the investment we have made at the distillery in recent years we look forward with confidence to the next two centuries of Scotch production.”

Teaninich was the first distillery north of Inverness to have electricity and a telephone in 1887, and was rebuilt in the 1970s to keep up with growing demand.

The distillery was also the first Scotch whisky producer to use a mash filter rather the traditional mash tun in its production regime and is one of only two distilleries in Scotland that uses this process.

Owner Diageo injected £26 million (US$33.9m) to build a new still house in 2013, introducing six new copper wash stills and six spirit stills, doubling production capacity to 10m litres per year.

A special Teaninich bottling will be included in this year’s Diageo Special Releases range to commemorate the milestone anniversary.

Donald Colville, Diageo global brand ambassador, said: “To celebrate the anniversary we are bottling a commemorative Teaninich as part of our Special Releases range – an exquisite 17-year-old that stunningly tells the story of a visit to the distillery by arguably the first ever whisky writer Alfred Barnard.

“Matured in both refill American oak hogsheads and refill American oak barrels, it allows the true flavours of Teaninich to shine through.”

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