Cardhu has in the past been variously known as Cardow and Cardoor from the
gaelic 'black rock'. The
spellings all refer to the same hamlet, in the heart of Speyside, on the stretch
of the river known as Knockando. The same stretch houses the unrelated
Knockando and Tamdhu distilleries.
It is also a favoured spot for salmon fishermen. The Cardhu distillery traces
its history to its establishment in 1824 by the local farmer John Cumming,
and on the present site to 1884. There was illicit distilling on the site
prior to 1824 and it is said that John Cumming relied on the aromas of Helen
Cumming's home baking to conceal the presence of the still from the excisemen.
It was extended in 1887
and 1897 and rebuilt in 1961. The company joined with Johnnie Walker in 1893.
Water comes from the Mannoch Hill through two miles of pipe.
© Michael Jackson 1994, o.m., ms
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