SCOTLAND is ready for four new Scotch whiskey distilleries as plans are underway for new facilities across the country.
Jackson Distillers has submitted plans for a £ 45million distillery in the Scottish Borders which will produce grain whiskey for the blending industry and neutral grain alcohol for the production of gin and vodka. The company – which includes former executives from Glenmorangie and Diageo – says the state-of-the-art facility, named St Boswells Distillery, will be the most carbon-efficient and resource-efficient grain distillery in Scotland, capable of producing 20 million liters of pure alcohol per year.
Plans for the site – at Charlesfield Industrial Estate in Melrose – are due to be reviewed by the Scottish Borders Council next month.
Further west, in Moffat, Dark Sky Spirits – blended scotch producer The Moffat – innovated in its own facility, the Moffat Distillery.
The new distillery, expected to start production next year, will allow the company to add its own single malt to its portfolio, as well as offer tours and tastings for whiskey enthusiasts.
“We call our site Hearthlands, with the foyer being the traditional focal point of every
home and community, and that’s at the heart of who we are, ”said Nick Bullard, co-owner of Dark Sky.
“Our mission is to create products that spark conversations and create friendships. Just like above the hearth, our distillery will be a place where people can find relatives, share ideas and build lasting relationships. A community that supports the community of Moffat.
In Stirling, the team behind Wolfcraig Distillery announced that the facility will now be built on the city’s Craigforth campus.
The £ 15million distillery and visitor center was due to be built on the outskirts of town, but manager John Moore said the new location “has better public transport links and is much closer from the heart of Stirling, making it easier for visitors and tourists to access the ‘distillery.
Craigforth Campus is on the site of the former Prudential headquarters and is being redeveloped by real estate company Ambassador Group.
And at Ardgowan Estate, near Inverkip, work on the Ardgowan Distillery is due to start after the company secures an investment of £ 8.4million.
The investment, of which £ 7.2million comes from Austrian businessman Roland Grain, will allow construction of the distillery and visitor center to begin. Grain, owner of the IT company Grain GmbH and investor in several other distilleries around the world, will now become the main shareholder of the distillery.
He said: “The founders of the company, Martin McAdam, Alan Baker and I have a common vision of what we can achieve. They have already built a strong team around them – including their chairman Willie Phillips and whiskey maker Max McFarlane – and together we will make the highest quality single malt whiskey based on the extraordinary location of the Ardgowan Estate and the unusual microclimate of the Inverkip. area.
“I hope that the distillery becomes a historic building and a major tourist attraction in the years to come, and I look forward to seeing the work begin this year.”