Torabhaig Distillery

Islands Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Torabhaig is another of the traditional farm steading-turned distillery projects cropping up across Scotland in recent years, though its output is significantly larger than many of its peers.

Skye’s second distillery is configured to produce a traditional island-style malt whisky – medium-weight and medium-peated with a long fermentation in wooden washbacks and plenty of copper interaction providing a fruit-forward spirit.

Every drop of its spirit will be earmarked for bottling as a single malt to begin with, though expect to see some siphoned off for blending further down the line.

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  • Region
    Islands
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Torabhaig History

Sir Iain Noble, the man who founded Noble Grossart, Scotland’s first modern merchant bank, moved to the Isle of Skye in 1972. He purchased 20,000 acres of land, including a hotel at Isle Ornsay, which had been part of Lord Macdonald’s estate.

Noble – who founded independent blender and bottler Pràban na Linne (Gaelic Whiskies) in 1976 – planned to convert a 19th century listed farm steading at Torabhaig into a distillery. He’d obtained planning permission for the project as early as 2002, though sadly passed away in 2010 before his plans could be realised.

Around the time of his death, Mossburn Distillers, a subsidiary of Dutch drinks group Marussia Beverages BV, was also seeking a site on the island to build its own distillery. While the group hadn’t previously considered the renovation and preservation of a historic building for its project, Noble’s Torabhaig farm steading proved the perfect location.

Mossburn set to work renovating the property, which had become little more than a ruin, in 2013. The steading’s infrastructure took three years to rebuild, while a bespoke removable slate roof was designed to allow access to the two stills for repairs.

Whisky production is due to commence at the distillery in early 2017, though a small visitor’s centre complete with café and retail shop will open to the public from July 2017.

Torabhaig Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    0.5
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    90 hours
  • Filling Strength i
    64% abv
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    1.5
  • Heat Source i
    Steam
  • Malt Specification i
    50ppm
  • Malt Supplier i
    Simpson’s
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Semi-lauter
  • New-make Strength i
    72% abv
  • Single Malt Percentage i
    100% at opening
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Bulb
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    5,000
  • Stills i
    2
  • Warehousing i
    90% palletised; 10% dunnage
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Bulb
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    8,000
  • Washback Size (l) i
    8,000
  • Washback Type i
    Douglas Fir
  • Washbacks i
    8
  • Water Source i
    Allt Gleann Thorabhaig and the Allt Breacach
  • Wort Clarity i
    Clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Dried

Owner

Mossburn Distillers logo

Current owner

  • Mossburn Distillers

Contact

Address
Torabhaig
Teangue, IV44 8RE
Isle of Skye
IV44 8RE
United Kingdom
Website
Visit Website
Phone
+44 1471 833337
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Talisker Talisker Talisker Distillery & brand

    Talisker

    Diageo’s prominent Skye distillery.

  • Pràban na Linne Pràban na Linne Pràban na Linne Blender

    Pràban na Linne

    Gaelic-orientated independent bottler, based on the Isle of Skye.

  • Isle of Raasay Isle of Raasay Isle of Raasay Distillery & brand

    Isle of Raasay

    The first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay will produce a distinctly island spirit.

  • Linkwood Linkwood Linkwood Distillery & brand

    Linkwood

    Speyside malt belonging to Diageo.

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