April 16, 2013 – After the second consecutive year in which a lack of rainfall has forced production to be halted, Tobermory Distillery on Scotland’s Isle of Mull will resume production tonight. The distillery was shut down last Thursday after a lack of rainfall left the privately-owned loch that supplies Tobermory with water well below normal levels. Last year, a similar drought forced the distillery to shut down for several weeks.
Earlier, The Telegraph reported Mull has only had about 20% of its normal rainfall over the last six weeks, with less than 2 inches of rain during the entire month of March. However, a Burn Stewart Distillers spokesman told just-drinks.com that the island has received enough rain over the past three days to replenish the loch and allow production to resume.
Tobermory is owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, and produces single malt Scotches under the Tobermory and Ledaig (peated) brand names, along with whisky for the Burn Stewart blended Scotches. The distillery’s sale was announced Monday as part of the $245.4 million acquisition of Burn Stewart by South Africa’s Distell Group.