Latest update: May 20th 2015
ARDMORE DISTILLERY PICTURES
Ardmore was built in 1898 by Adam Teacher, son of William Teacher. The distillery was built during one of the high times in the whisky industry. It was a modern distillery, powered by a steam engine and was situated next to the railway. The distillery had a Victoria coal fired boiler of which the front plate is still on display at the distillery, as well as the original steam engine built by Chrystal Engineering Work, St. Johnís Foundry in Perth. The distillery used floor maltings, which were converted to warehouses and a filling store. They also had Saladin boxes, they are still present but in use as storage. The distillery expanded in 1955 from 2 to 4 stills, and in 1974 to 8 stills. Until 2002 the stills were heated by coal fired furnaces, but a fire and new legislation made that they now use internal heating.
William Teacher & Sons Ltd, were taken over by Allied Distillers in 1976. In 2005, Allied was acquired by Chivas Brothers. They sold of the Teacherís Blend to Beam Global Spirits & Wine, and with that came the Ardmore and Laphroaig distilleries.
As I am visiting Ardmore distillery, distillery manager, Alistair Longwell, was not available, but he made sure that there was a good replacement to show me round. His predecessor, Ronnie Mennie, showed me round this quite impressive distillery. As he worked in the distilling business most of his life and also stayed at Ardmore for a long time, he was an incredible guide.
Beam Global is investing money into Ardmore, especially since nothing much has been done with the distillery by Allied Distillers. As the state of the warehouses was getting worse, instead of tending the warehouses, they moved the casks out, which also meant that Beam Global was left with little stock. They are now working 24/7, to fill their warehouses. Next to their usual spirit, which is lightly peated, they also produce unpeated spirit. This is used to swap stock with other companies. Blending for their Teacherís blend is also done at Ardmore.