Ian Macleod Distillers, the independent, family-owned distiller, has purchased its second distillery from Famous Grouse producer Edrington Group for an undisclosed sum. The purchase of the Tamdhu distillery, which produces 4m litres of alcohol per year, also includes the Tamdhu Single Malt brand. Ian Macleod brands include Isle of Skye, Lang’s and the King Robert II blends. The company said that with the Tamdhu purchase Ian Macleod Distillers “plans to significantly develop its sales both within the UK and abroad”. Managing director Leonard Russell said: “Having purchased Glengoyne Distillery from Edrington in 2003, we are delighted to be acquiring a second distillery from them, safe in the knowledge that it has been maintained to a very high standard and comes with a reputation for producing exceptional quality single malt. “I am also pleased that we will be securing and creating new local employment during these uncertain economic times. We are looking forward to developing the Tamdhu single malt following our successful growth of Glengoyne”. Ian Curle, chief executive of the Edrington Group, said: “From Edrington’s perspective, the sale will further de-complex our business, allowing us to continue to focus on the growth of our five key brands: the Famous Grouse, the Macallan, Brugal, Cutty Sark and Highland Park.”

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