Share the story of the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman at the Cardhu Distillery and Visitor Centre.
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.
Discover the history of Cardhu on a guided tour, browse the gift shop after or relax with a dram of the famous single malt. 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.
How to get here:-
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.