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the most mature Lindores spirit thus produced

On 25th and 26th May 2019, Lindores Abbey Distillery hosted the Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament, and brought the game of kings back to the abbey after 500 years.

To mark this culturally and historically significant event, Lindores Abbey Distillery was commissioned to create a commemorative Aqua Vitae spirit, Lindores Abbey Thabill.

With a commemorative presentation box, only 500 bottles were produced, making this an extremely rare opportunity to sample the most mature Lindores spirit thus far.

The bottles were released at the tournament, and are now available to the public at a cost of £150.00 plus postage.

A proportion of the proceeds of the bottles sold will be donated to STAR, which is the Lindores Abbey Distillery chosen charity. A 10% discount will also apply for members.

Lindores Abbey Thabill

The meaning of


Normally made from an unaged, malt-based spirit, the basis of this edition is an exquisite 12-month old Lindores spirit which has been maturing in oak casks from Thiron-Gardais in France. The town is home to Tiron Abbey, the mother abbey of the Tironensian order and sister abbey to Lindores along with Kelso and Arbroath.

The name ‘Thabill’ refers to a 1480s inventory of the abbey which mentioned ‘twa pairs of thabills wt thair men’ – translating into today’s English as ‘two chessboards with their pieces’. Chess has been a part of the abbey’s history for more than 500 years, and this spirit is a fitting tribute to the game of kings. 

The Tournament in 2019 featured four of the worlds best players – World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Chess Champion Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand, three-time Chinese Chess Champion Ding Liren and the youngest grandmaster in history Sergey Karjakin.



Thabill is delicious as a mixed drink or a cocktail base and we recommend these two drinks:


For a light refreshing drink add 50ml of Thabill to 25ml of Pomegranate juice and top with your favourite tonic. Garnish with fresh slices of Green Apple.


For a more complex drink take 50ml of Thabill, and add to 5ml Dark Chocolate Liqueur, 1 Dash Black Walnut Bitters and 1 spring of Rosemary. Stir and strain over a block of ice and garnish with a burnt Rosemary sprig.

Lindores Chess Stars Tournament T-shirt


We have a range of merchandise available to commemorate this historic Chess Stars Tournament which you can buy online or at the distillery, including T -shirts, pens, caps, glasses and notebooks.


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