Cardhu Distillery & Visitors Centre


Knockando, Aberlour, Moray, AB38 7RY

    Share with us the story of the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. The malt whisky produced here has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as "silky" and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker blends.

    New in stock:

    Selected from 'very old oak casks', Cardhu Special Cask Reserve is richer and sweeter than the hugely popular 12 year old and can be purchased at our shop.

    Cardhu golf umbrella (Black with Cardhu in gold)
    Cragganmore golf umbrella (Green with Cragganmore in gold)
    Cardhu & Cragganmore polo shirts
    Cragganmore parker pen (with box)
    Cardhu pens
    Cardhu & Cragganmore mugs
    Cardhu embroidered lambs wool scarf
    (in navy and pink)
    Johnston's Wollen Mill Rug
    We also have a selection of other Johnston's scarves & gloves

    As part of Diageo's commitment to protecting our environment we have now removed all of our outside litterbins. There are recycling points allocated at Knockando Village Hall car park & Archiestown's Main Street car park, which are both situated on the B9102.

    Thank you for you support in helping us make the world a greener place.

    The History of Cardhu Distillery
    CARDHU DISTILLERY - In 1811 John and Helen Cumming sited their first still at Cardow Farm on the Mannoch Hill, high above the River Spey. At this location spring water, naturally softened by rising up through a layer of peat, bubbled from the ground. It is alleged that Helen Cumming distilled the first gallon of Cardhu, the only malt whisky to be pioneered by a woman. For many years Helen Cumming produced only the smallest quantity of malt whisky in Cardhu's little still, as quality was her chief concern. She continued to contribute to Cardhu's success well into her 90's.

    Elizabeth Cumming, Helen's daughter-in-law, took over the management of the distillery in 1872 when her husband died and ran it with energy and foresight. Under Elizabeth's direction, a new piece of land was acquired on which the distillery was rebuilt in 1885. Sales of Cardhu tripled in the space of a few years and by the end of the 19th century, Cardhu had attained a reputation as one of Scotland's top malt whisky distilleries.

    Cardhu has made a unique contribution to the success of the Johnnie Walker Blends. In 1893, when the Walker family wanted to guarantee the quality of their Blends, during a time of rapid growth, they negotiated the purchase of Cardhu Distillery from Elizabeth Cumming to secure supplies for their blending. Elizabeth's son, John Fleetwood Cumming, was appointed to the Johnnie Walker Board. His skill as a Distiller complemented the talents of the Walker brothers, George and Alexander II, who brought both the artistry of blending and entrepreneurial drive to the Board. Together they made a team that ensured the growth of international popularity of the Johnnie Walker Blends.

    CARDHU is the luxury single malt whisky from Speyside. It is produced in limited quantities by a deliberately slow distillation process, and matured for 12 years in specially selected oak casks. It may take longer than many malts to reach fruition, but it is time well spent, which is shown by Cardhu's exceptionally smooth and mellow character.

    5 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • ASVA Member


    • Rural Location


    • Disabled Parking


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Delta Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card

    Road Directions

    From Elgin take the A941 south to Rothes, continue for 3 miles then travel west on the B9102 for approximately 7 miles.
    From Grantown-on-Spey take the B9102 north east for approximately 17 miles.
    From Aberdeen take the A96 north west for approximately 38 miles and then turn left onto the A920 for approximately 13 miles Once you get to Dufftown follow the signs for Craigellachie. At the T junction follow the signs for Cardhu.

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