New Distillery Projects

Listing the Younglings: New Distillery Projects

 


N.U.1 -  N.U.2 -  N.U.3 - N.U.4 - N.U.5 - N.U.5.  - Aberargie - Abhainn Dearg -  Ailsa Bay - Annandale - Anniston farms - Arbikie - Ardgowan -  Ardnahoe - Ardnamurchan
Ardross - Ballindalloch - Barra - Blackwood - Borders - Brora - Cabrach - Daftmill - Dalmunach - DornochDrimnin - Dunrobin Castle - Eden.Mill - Falkrirk - FarkinForth Bridge - Gartbreck
The Glasgow Distillery - The Glasgow Distillery Co. - GlenwyvisHolyrood - Huntly - Inchdairnie - Isle Of Harris - Kingsbarns
Ladybank - Lagg -  Lindores - Loch Ewe - Loch Eriboll - Loch Thom - Lochlea - Lone WolfLongship - McCaigsMellerstain - Octomore
Port Charlotte - Port  Ellen - Port of Leith - Portavadie - RasaayRosebankRoseisle - Shetland Distillery Company - Strathearn - Tallant - Tarbert - Torabhaig - Toulvaddie - Wolfburn


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Early in 2014 there was quite a buzz in the news as entrepreneurs from all over the world, were unveiling their plans for new distilleries all over Scotland. A true single malt renaissance that would redraw the distillery landscape. With the proposal of a brand new craft distillery on the Isle of Skye and a ninth operation on Islay, it was clear to most of us that the global commercial success of single malt whisky brought new life to Scotland.

Studying the history of these projects, one thing is clear: always take them with a truckload of salt: most plans never materialize, government subsidies are squandered on unrealistic projects and people are conned out of their money.

The start up of a distillery is not for the weak hearted, it takes a lot of dedication and endurance and most importantly, an awful lot of money to succeed in their dream.  And some factors are just beyond your control: as soon as the global whisky sales dwindle, the cash flow towards new project dries up. Timing is of the essence.

kingsbarnsAs you will soon notice, most of these new projects are lead by a generation of craft distillers, for whom it is no longer all about the whisky. These small-scale plants target the large number of whisky tourists to bridge the gap between the start up and their first release. Or made room for the partial production of lesser spirits like gin and vodka. The craft trend is no new phenomenon in Scotland. In the early 2000's there was quite some commotion about three new pioneering projects: Ladybank, Blackwood and Kilchoman. While the first two made quite some publicity for their plans, the latter didn't and guess which ones didn't make the cut?
The 2000's may have been amateur hour, the commercial success of Kilchoman, played an essential role in convincing the financial backers that these projects were economically feasible. While the other two made the potential shortcomings abundantly clear.

dalmunachOver the years you can see a clear learning curve and differences in the approach of the new players. Amateurs (non-derogatory) often seek out the public's attention and social media for their financing, professional projects can go quiet for months before popping up again in the final stages of development.
I first started to keep track at the turn of the year 2013-2014, when almost every month a new project was announced,  the dawn of a craft whisky revolution. This year alone brought us five (six with Eden.Mill) new distilleries and seven (don't quote me on this) projects more in progress. Only time will tell if I'm right or wrong, but with the cool down of the whisky market, I don't expect any new grand projects in the foreseeable future.
So I tried to compile a list of all the new distilleries of the last decade, that were announced/built since Kilchoman opened its doors in 2005. (so no older initiatives like Glengyle and Glenburgie, reopenings like Glenglassaugh and Glen Keith or expansions like Mortlach or Macallan)


(Feel free to complete the list if you believe I forgot something or correct where I'm wrong. New information is always welcome !)


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Announced: February 2014
Type: large, £40m, output unknown
Status: planning phase
Initiator: Mossburn distillers
Bottlings: 
Location: Camptown (Borders)
Source: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-26276212
Comment: No news on the progress of this project. as for now I believe the main focus will remain on the construction of their Isle of Skye distillery "Torabhaig".
One source called this project the "Jed Valley Distillery", as it will be situated on the grounds of the old Jedforest Hotel.


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Announced: February 2014
Type: micro-distillery, £5m, output unknown.
Status: planning phase
Initiator: The Borders Distilling Company
Bottlings:
Location: Walkerburn (Borders)
Website: tweeddalewhisky.com
Source: berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/business/plans-unveiled-for-another-borders-distillery-1-3317833

Comment:  This company is better known for producing the excellent "Tweeddale Blend". When Alastair Day proposed his Borders' project back in early 2014 it already had a location in the form of a sizable old farmstead near Walkerburn. However they are currently running a competition on the website to choose a new location. Guess th Walkerburn project didn't work out after all.


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Announced: February 2014
Type: micro-distillery ?, output unknown, 10m investment
Status: planning phase ?
Initiator: Three Stills Company ltd.
Bottlings:
Location: Hawick (Borders)
Website: clanfraserwhisky.com
Source: tweeddalewhisky.com/2014/02/borders-whisky-the-race-is-on-for-the-first-borders-distillery-since-1837
Comment: What to make of this story? Similar to the Tweeddale Distillery project lower on this page, the project is being initiated by a low-profile blender (Clan Fraser Blend) with expansion plans in the Scottish Borders. With the financial support of Badenoch & Co, the company has acquired a disused industrial site in Hawick.


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Announced: April 2013
Type: mega distillery, £50m, 13m. l/year.
Status: planning phase/project halted
Initiator: Diageo
Bottlings:
Location: Alness (Ross and Cromarty)
Website: diageo.com
Source: diageo.com/en-ie/investor/Pages/resource.aspx?resourceid=1465
Comment: The new Diageo project was not designed to outclass their latest distillery Roseisle, but would have become the second largest plant within their stall. As the sale of blended whisky weakened during the first half of the year the company decided to postpone their prestige project  in the Fall of 2014. This plant was supposed to be build next to their older Alness' distillery and is therefore often referred to as "Teaninich II".


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Announced: March 2016
Type: medium distillery, output unknown.
Status: planning phase
Initiator: Isle of Arran Distillers ltd.
Bottlings:
Location: Isle of Arran (Ayrshire)
Website: arranwhisky.com
Source: thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/03/isle-of-arran-distillery-eyes-second-site
Comment: The distillers from Arran are rolling out a second project, on the south coast of the very same isle. While the name of the project is still unknown to us, some smaller facts have been unveiled. The new build distillery will be situated in Lagg on the grounds of a former 19th century predecessor and will produce a peated spirit. While the older Arran building incorporated a few authentic elements, like a pagoda, Arran II will be housed in a more futuristic looking building .


Abhainn Dearg

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Announced: 2001
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: in production since 2007
Bottlings: available
Location: Carnish (Isle of Lewis)
Initiator: Abhainn Dearg Distillery
Website: abhainndearg.co.uk
Comment: Probably the remotest distillery of all, the "Red River" is situated on the Outer Hebrides. I have not yet had the privilege to try a sample of this distillery, but with a production lower than two hogsheads a week, little to none ever seeps through to Belgium. A "very unusual profile" according to the connoisseurs, sounds interesting.


Ailsa Bay

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Announced: unknown
Type: large distillery, 6,000,000 l/year
Status: in production since 2007
Bottlings: unavailable
Location: Girvan (Ayrshire)
Initiator: William Grant & Sons
Website: williamgrant.com
Comment: Originally build to replace Kininvie, this new distillery was build on the grounds of the Girvan grain distillery like Ladyburn  almost four  decades earlier. No official bottles have been released as of yet, as the main target seems to be dressers for the blends market. Albeit a 3yo release from Malts of Scotland called Images of Ayrshire has been rumored to be an independent bottling of Ailsa Bay.


Annandale

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Announced: 2007
Type: small distillery, output of 250,000 l/year
Status: operational since  November 2014
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Location: Annan (Dumfrieshire)
Initiator: Annandale Distillery Company
Website: annandaledistillery.co.uk
Comment: After 100 years of silence the Annandale Distillery, which played an essential role in the origins of Johnnie Walker, filled its first cask on the 11th of November.  An extensive restoration was needed to convert the farm buildings back into warehouses, but now the phoenix rises. I expect great things from this distillery.


Anniston Farms

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Announced: October 2013
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: unknown, received government grant
Bottlings:
Location: Lunan (Angus)
Initiator: unknown
Source: heraldscotland.com/business/markets-economy/whisky-distillery-projects-boosted-by-53m-grants.21407757
Comment: In 2013 this distillery project received a generous government grant of £292,000. No further information can be found. I have strong suspicions that this and the distillery described below are in fact one and the same. Until I'm 100% sure it will not be striken off the list


Arbikie

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Announced: November 2014 
Type: micro-distillery
Status: operational as vodka distillery
Bottlings:
Location: Inverkeilor (Angus)
Initiator: Arbikie Highland Estate (Iain, John and David Stirling)
Website: arbikie.com
Source: scotsman.com/lifestyle/food-drink/features/arbikie-distillery-launches-home-grown-vodka-1-3602011
Comment: Another small-scale agricultural distillery using only the yields from the locally produced barley. Starting next year they will also use their stills to produce gin and single malt whisky. There are casks on offer at the moment.


Ardgowan

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Announced: 2016
Type: small to medium distillery 800,000 -1,600,000 l/year
Status: fundraising stage
Bottlings:
Location: Inverkip (Inverclyde)
Initiator: Ardgowan Distillery Company ltd.
Website: ardgowandistillery.com
Source: campbelldallas.co.uk/news/ardgowan-distillery-launches-17-million-investors-fundraising-drive
Comment: By 2019 the Lowlands should have a brand new £17 mill. distillery capable of producing up to 1.6 mill l/year. It is the owners' intend to form a geographical link between Campbeltown-Islands-Lowlands. The plans seem quite ambitious, but much more funding will be needed to realise this new project. Let's hope for them that by 2019 the funds for new distilleries don't dry up. 


Ardnahoe

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Announced: 2015 
Type: small distillery 200,000 l/year
Status: on the drawing board
Bottlings:
Location: Ardnahoe (Islay)
Initiator: unknown at the moment (leading company within the industry)
Website:
Source: blog.islayinfo.com/article.php/four-new-whisky-distilleries-on-islay
Comment: All we know is that local architect and member of the Kildalton Project Iain Hepburn was contacted to work on a project to construct a new distillery near Loch Ardnahoe between the existing Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain distilleries. Like its counterpart, Gartbreck on the Western shores of Islay it would be an all traditional distillery with a own malting floor and kiln. Can't wait to hear more on this project. 


Ardnamurchan

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Announced: 2011
Type: small distillery, 100,000-300,000 l/year
Status: in production since July 2014
Bottlings:
Location: Glenbeg (Ardnamurchan, Argyll)
Initiator: The Adelphi Distillery Limited
Website:adelphidistillery.com
Comment: An exciting new distillery build by independent bottlers Adelphi. Like G&M in the 90's, this independent bottler came to the conclusion, that the only way to survive in this expanding single malt universe, where fewer affordable quality casks are made available to outsiders, is to trade casks. And what better way to trade by offering them your own premium product?  A similar strategy can be found with the Huntly, Kingsbarns and River Clyde distillery projects. Casks on offer, I already own my share!


Ballindalloch

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Announced: 2013
Type: micro-distillery, 90.000 l/year
Status: in production since September 2014
Bottlings:
Location: Ballindalloch (Banffshire, Speyside)
Initiator: Ballindalloch Castle Estate (Macpherson-Grant family)
Website: ballindallochdistillery.com
Comment: An unexpected entry for 2014, at least it was to me. A neighbour to Glenlivet, Cragganmore and Glenfarclas this sizable (have a glimpse on their fb) micro-distillery is situated in an old farmhouse on the grounds of the well-famed Ballindalloch Castle. And equiped with wormtub condensers, a bold choice! Casks are made available to the public.


Barra

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Announced: 2008-2009
Type: micro-distillery, 25,000 l/year
Status: first stages of construction?
Bottlings:
Location: Borve (Isle of Barra)
Initiator: Isle of Barra Distillery (Peter Brown)
Website: uisgebeathananeilean.co.uk
Comment: No news on this one, after being almost six years in the making, a wind turbine that will serve as the future power source has been erected and a cask offer to the public worth £45,000 was closed in 2013. Any info would be most welcome.


Blackwood

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Announced: 2002
Type: micro-distillery, £5m, 40,000 cases/year
Status: cancelled in 2008
Bottlings:
Location: Nesting (Shetlands)
Initiator: Blackwood Distillery (John McDougal)
Source: shetnews.co.uk/news/7382-new-plans-for-a-shetland-whisky-distillery
Comment: What a mess this was, a distillery that would start out as a wodka/gin producing company that would be turned into a whisky distillery.The prestige project was set to be build on the Saxa-Vord military base, where the Shetland Distillery company now calls home. As the first casks were already forward sold (worth £50,000) it left a lot of enthusiasts and locals with a financial hangover. I'm not sure what their connection with the Blackwoods Gin company is, but as their first batches of out-sourced gin and vodka were both popular and controversial, I wouldn't be surprised if this daughter company somehow survived.


Daftmill

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Announced: 2001?
Type: micro-distillery, 20,000 (more likely 15,000) l/year
Status: operational since 2005
Bottlings: expected in 2015 (or when it's ready)
Location: Cupar (Fife)
Initiator: Daftmill Distillery
Website: daftmill.com
Comment:  Since the opening in 2005 no one, except the owners of this small scale distillery, has ever gotten a taste. Expectations for their first product are high, though there won't be much to share. It takes patience and dedication to resist the urge to make a quick buck out of selling whisky before its time, lots of respect for the owners. But 10 years is more than enough, the people finally want to get to know your whisky! (renowned whisky vlogger Ralfy visited the distillery back in 2010, watch his report here)


Dalmunach

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Announced: October 2012
Type: mega distillery, 10,000,000 l/year
Status: in production since 2014
Bottlings:   (Imperial still widely available through independent bottlers)
Location: Carron (Moray, Speyside)
Initiator: Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers)
Website: pernod-ricard.com
Source:  thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/chivas-fires-up-stills-at-new-dalmunach-distillery
Comment: Imperial is dead, long live Dalmunach. This distillery is the newest of 14 distilleries owned by Chivas Brothers. With twice as much stills and six times the production capacity of the old distillery, Dalmunach embodies both modernity and tradition as it retained the shape of the old stills. (10 extra credits for the masterly design and usual positioning of the stills) Will the new product be similar to the old? Better get yourself a bottle of Imperial to compare it with future releases!


Dornoch

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Announced: July 2015
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: planning phase
Bottlings:
Location: Dornoch (Caithness)
Initiator: Simon Thompson
Source: facebook.com/pages/Dornoch-Distillery/574911855983502?sk=timeline
Comment: In the shadow of the former Royal Burgh of Dornoch lies a shed that used to be local 19th century fire station. Not necessarily the location where you would expect a new Highland distillery. However if its up to the Simon Thompson this project will be up and running by March 2016. No private casks will be made available.


Drimnin

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Announced: October 2013
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: planning phase or just a design ?
Bottlings:
Location: Drimnin (Argyll)
Initiator: Drimnin Distillery ltd.
Website: organicdistilleries.co.uk
Source:urbanrealm.com/news/4431/Drimnin_distillery_plans_submitted.html
Comment: From the designers of the Ardnamurchan distillery comes this draft of a small farm stead turned micro-distillery. Just a sketch or  is there a real project? A company called Drimnin Distillery ltd. is attending seminars and has "sort of" an own fb-page. Any info would be most welcome.


Eden.Mill

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Announced: August 2014
Type: micro-distillery, 8 barrels/week
Status: operational within the brewery, partial gin production
Bottlings: Spirit available on three separate dates (consult the website)
Location: St-Andrews (Fife)
Initiator: Eden.Mill Distillery & Brewery
Website: edenmillstandrews.com
Comment: Quantity has become a dirty word, the lesser you produce the better your product will be. I have my doubts about that philosophy, but who am I to criticise the craft distillers? This small distillery owned by the award-winning Eden.Mill brewery, will produce as few barrels as possible, concentrating on the quality of their lightly peated coastal malt. The spirit will be sold to the happy few and casks are made available to investors.


Falkirk

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Announced: 2008
Type: micro-distillery, £5m, 60,000 l/year
Status: under construction since 2010
Bottlings:
Location: Polmont (Central Lowlands)
Initiator: Falkirk Distillery Company
Website: falkirkdistillery.com
Source: scotsman.com/lifestyle/the-new-whisky-distilleries-being-built-in-scotland-1-3223616
Comment: Not far from Rosebank near the Antonine Wall a new distillery is being build. Let me rephrase that: a construction project is creeping forward. The website hasn't been updated in four years and little to no progress has been made (admittedly I haven't seen any new photos in months). Thus far a steel skeleton complete with fake pagodas has been erected and a generous government grant was given back in 2013. Any further info on the project is missing, except for it potential reintroduction of traditional triple distillation.


Farkin

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Announced: 2015
Type: micro-distillery (size unknown)
Status: rumor
Bottlings:
Location: Port Ellen (Islay)
Initiator: Sukhinder Singh from the Whisky Exchange  (allegedly)
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Source: blog.islayinfo.com/article.php/four-new-whisky-distilleries-on-islay
Comment: Not far from the Port Ellen Primary School, along the road to Ardtalla at a place called Farkin a new distillery is rumoured to be in the making. Whether this will be a seaside distillery like its more famous colleagues is still unknown, though at this moment it could well just be a shop owner’s day dream spoken out loud. But the thing I take away from all this is that whisky distillation could be wellon its way to reconquer Port Ellen.


Forth Bridge

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Announced: November 2014
Type:
 medium distillery?, £3m, output unknown (100,000 l/week whisky, gin, beer and vodka)
Status: planning phase
Bottlings:
Location: South Queensferry (West Lothian)
Initiator: Forth Bridge Brewery ltd. (Dave Robertson)
Website: forthbridgebrewery.com
Source: thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/11/whisky-production-may-return-to-edinburgh
Comment:  A laudable initiative to bring whisky (single malt) back to Edinburgh, but as a crowd project it will need to convince a lot more people of its viability. But for now this "100% sustainable" brewery/distillery will not uncrown Glenkinchie as the Edinburgh Malt.


Gartbreck

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Announced: September 2013
Type: micro-distillery, 60,000 l/year
Status: project approved January 2014
Bottlings:
Location: Lochindaal (Islay)
Initiator: Glann an Mor Distillery
Website: gartbreck.com
Source: blog.islayinfo.com/article.php/gartbreck-new-islay-distillery
Comment: Islay's ninth distillery, comes as traditional as possible, with a kiln, malt floors, worm tubs, direct heated stills,... A Frenchman (Breton) with a mission to take Scotch whisky back to its roots? The owner of the Glann an Mor distillery plays high stakes by building his distillery on the hallowed grounds of Islay. As of now, apart from some efforts to clean up the crumbling buildings of the former farm stead on the shores of Lochindaal, little progress has been made.


The Glasgow Distillery

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Announced: October 2013
Type: small distillery, £10m.
Status: planning phase/building phase
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Location: Glasgow (Glasgow City)
Initiator: The Glasgow Distillery (AD. Rattray Scotch Whisky Company)
Website: theglasgowdistillery.com
Source: theglasgowdistillery.tumblr.com
Comment: An independent bottler turned distiller/tourist entertainer, attempting to save a monument? Most peculiar is the least I can say about these plans.The project may take the tourist attraction element a bit too far. But if they can make it work, why not? An interesting design for a distillery, though the pump house probably does not serve any purpose apart from being an eye-catcher. Plans have been approved, stills have been delivered, no word on the building progress


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Announced: 2013
Type: small distillery, output unknown
Status: in production
Bottlings: yes, but not their own product
Location: Glasgow (Glasgow City)
Initiator: The Glasgow Distillery Company Ltd.
Website: glasgowdistillery.com
Source: heraldscotland.com/business/13175164.Millions_raised_to_open_Glasgow_gin_distillery
Comment: Another Glasgowegian distillery, by the same name, within the same time frame?  You can never have too much distilleries, but two by the same generic name? That's like the idiom states a crowd. No wonder this one, stayed my radar until the official opening. Not a prestige project like its sister distillery, this operation calls a hangar home and will run spirit through a Holstein still (blasfemy!). But it managed to snatch away the title of first Glasgowegian distillery in four decades ( ✞ Kinclaith 1957-1975). Casks are made available through the website!


GlenWyvis

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Announced: 2011?
Type: micro-distillery, £1m, 100000 l/year
Status: planning phase
Bottlings:
Location: Dingwald (Ross & Cromarty)
Initiator: Flying Farmer.co (John Mckenzie & Stuart Nickerson)
Website: glenwyvis.com
Source: ross-shirejournal.co.uk/News/Dingwall-farmers-dram-fine-new-distillery-plan-24012014.htm
Comment: A plan to build a community owned distillery near the grounds of the  former Ben Wyvis distillery, in the shadow of the mountain. Earlier sources mention the owner's hope to purchase the "Ben Wyvis" brand name from Whyte & MacKay. Stuart Nickerson (ex-Glenglassaugh) is also involved in the Shetland Distillery project. The company has released a gin and seem to be making significant progress. They hope to brake ground by 2016. 


Holyrood Park

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Announced: 2015
Type: micro-distillery, 100000 l/year
Status: planning phase
Bottlings:
Location: Edinburgh
Initiator: (David Robertson)
Website: no
Source: thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/08/edinburghs-first-distillery-in-90-years-nears-opening
Comment: The first distillery that will call Edinburgh home since the demise of Glen Sciennes in 1925. Starting summer 2016, the Engine Shed building, an old warehouse near the railway, will accommodate a 2 m micro-distillery. The Macallan’s former master distiller  will surely turn this project into a successfull tourist attration.


Huntly

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Announced: 2005
Type: micro-distillery, £5m, output unknown
Status: project delayed
Bottlings:
Location: Huntly (Aberdeenshire)
Initiator: Duncan Taylor ltd.
Website: duncantaylor.com
Source: scotlandwhisky.com/news-and-events/Huntly-malt-distillery
Comment: Like her colleagues G&M, Adelphi, AD. Rattray, Wemyss,... the independent bottler Duncan Taylor thought the time was ripe for an own distillery. The site of the new distillery would have been Huntly, the homebase of GlenDronach and Ardmore. In 2013, the project received a significant cash boost, as government officials handed them a £600,000 cheque. However to this date the absence of communication seems to betray a lack of activity. Let's hope I'm wrong, gentlemen!


Inchdairnie

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Announced: October 2013
Type: large distillery £6.7m.
Status: in production
Initiator:  Kyndal and John Fergus & Co
Bottlings:
Location: Glenrothes (Speyside)
Website: inchdairniedistillery.co.uk/defaultsite
Source: fifetoday.co.uk/news/local-headlines/work-starts-on-new-7m-glenrothes-distillery-1-3499455
Comment: After months of silence news came out that the works on this distillery had started in August 2014. Compared to other smaller operations this Glenrothes distillery (not to be confused with the existing Glenrothes Distillery) was designed to become a large plant capable of non-stop production, from 2015 onwards. One year later out of the blue the new distillery is in production, though the first releases will only be available in 10 to 12 years time.


Isle of Harris

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Announced: 2012
Type: small distillery, £10m, output  300,000 bottles/year
Status: construction nearing completion
Bottlings:
Location: Tarbert (Isle of Harris)
Intiator: Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd
Website: harrisdistillery.com
Source:  stornowaygazette.co.uk/news/local-headlines/isle-of-harris-distillery-to-create-20-jobs-1-3329911
Comment: An exciting new distillery that managed to get the necessary funds it needed in short notice, a project that without a doubt will support the local community. The constructions are nearly complete and their stills have already been shipped in from Italy. They are already offering casks to investors/enthusiasts.


Kingsbarns

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Announced: January 2013
Type: small-medium distillery, £3m, 100,000-500,000 l/year
Status: in production since  November 2014
Bottlings:
Location: Kingsbarns (Fife)
Initiator: The Kingsbarns Company of Distillers Ltd
Website: kingsbarnsdistillery.com
Comment: Like many other idependent bottlers the Wemyss family decided it was time for an own distillery. They found their new home in an old farm with a most unusual outlook. I'm still not sure what the building's history is,  but it makes for a most original and intriguing distillery, next to a famous golf course. Casks are available for those who are interested.


Ladybank

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Announced: 2003
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status:  project is dead, sinkhole for investors
Bottlings:
Location: Ladybank (Fife)
Initiator: Ladybank Company of Distillers
Source: theguardian.com/money/2009/jul/04/ladybank-distillery-whisky
Comment: With a premium membership to acquire bottles and a own whisky school the Ladybank grasped the attention of many early single malt adopters. However the project proved to be a sinkhole and by 2010 the distillery was dead and buried leaving behind a lot disillusioned amateur whisky investors, casting a shadow over many subsequent projects.


Lindores

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Announced: September 2013
Type: micro-distillery, £5m.
Status: planning phase, secured government grant
Bottlings:
Location: Newburg (Fife)
Initiator: The Lindores Distillery (Drew Mackenzie Smith)
Website: thelindoresdistillery.com
Source: www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2013/09/distillery-planned-for-historic-birthplace-of-scotch/
Comment: In an attempt to lure the Whisky pilgrim to the ruins of the old Lindores Abbey, this project builds upon the legend of being the birthplace of whisky. Probably not what friar John Kor had in mind back in 1494, but for now I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. The first stone is supposed to be laid somewhere in 2015, blueprints reveal that the distillery will be built on a nearby farmstead.


Loch Ewe

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Announced: 2005?
Type: micro-distillery, extremely small output
Status: production started in 2006
Bottlings: unavailable, spirit can be bought at the distillery
Location: Aultbea (Ross and Cromarty)
Initiator: Loch Ewe Distillery
Website: lochewedistillery.co.uk
Comment: Hard to take this project serious as a distillery,  in the first place because in my opinion it is more of a hobby that got out of hand in someone's garage, secondly, only spirit is sold, no whisky is made available to the public. Still it somehow earned its spot on the list.


Loch Eriboll

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Announced: 2015
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: project phase
Bottlings:
Location: Laid (Sutherland)
Initiator: Loch Eriboll Distillery ltd.
Website:
Source:
 heraldscotland.com/news/13873345
Comment: The remote croft town Laid on the shores of the sealoch Erbill has been dying a slow death. Not if it's up to the locals, they're planning a microdistillery that could create some much needed jobs by producing whisky, gin and wodka. In time they could even start producing beer on site. As it is more of a visionary idea than a tangible plan, little is know about their goals or what the newt milstone might be.


Loch Thom

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Announced: 2014
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: project phase
Bottlings:
Location: Greenock (Renfrewshire)
Initiator: Greenock council officials
Website:
Source:
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Comment: Strangely enough this project seems to be the result of some out-of-the-box thinking by city officials, to bring more employment to Greenock and cash in on the whisky tourism in Scotland. The micro-distillery would be located in an derelicted estate called Garvocks Farm and would attempt to revive the lost Ardgowan and Greenock whiskies. Thus far they don't appear to have found any suitable investors, making this whole project nothing more than a daydream.


Lochlea

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Announced: December 2015
Type: micro-distillery, £100,000-1,000,000
Status: planning stage (applied for grant)
Bottlings:
Location: Tarlbolton (Ayrshire)
Initiator: Neil Mc Geoch
Website: 
Source: dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/new-distillery-visitor-centre-proposed
Comment: A second single malt distillery for Ayrshire? Along the Robert Burns trail at one of his former dwellings, Lochlea farm, a new distillery will be build by local businessman Neil Mc Geaoch. The location allows for a brand build around Burns legacy. A cheap marketing trick or a genuine  attempt at bringing more whisky to this part of the Lowlands? Time will tell.


Lone Wolf

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Announced: March 2016
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: planning stage (applied for grant)
Bottlings:
Location: Ellon (Aberdeenshire)
Initiator: BrewDog plc
Website: brewdog.com
Source: brewdog.com/lowdown/blog/lone-wolf
Comment: By my own admission, this is not a project that I am looking forward to. The Scottish brewery Brewdog has made a few tasty beers over the years and they have a great bar concept. But they are also less than humble, pricy and a bit overconfident in own abilities. So when they claim they are going to rewrite whisky history, I honestly believe them. But I can only see a future of  half-baked experimental, overpriced and young whiskies served in their bars, that will never be able to capture the Scottish spirit and of which the connoisseurs will turn their nose up.


Loch Thom

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Announced: 2014
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: project phase
Bottlings:
Location: Greenock (Renfrewshire)
Initiator: Greenock council officials
Website:
Source:
 inverclydenow.com/photostream/12192-a-dram-good-idea
Comment: Strangely enough this project seems to be the result of some out-of-the-box thinking by city officials, to bring more employment to Greenock and cash in on the whisky tourism in Scotland. The micro-distillery would be located in an derelicted estate called Garvocks Farm and would attempt to revive the lost Ardgowan and Greenock whiskies. Thus far they don't appear to have found any suitable investors, making this whole project nothing more than a daydream.


Longship

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Announced: November 2013
Type: micro-distillery, 26,000 l/year
Status: presumed dead
Bottlings:
Location: Kirkwall (Orkney)
Initiator: Longship Distillery ltd. (Grythyttan Whisky AB)
Website:longship.se (no longer active)
Source: orcadian.co.uk/2013/12/distillery-company-make-local-appointment
Comment: After the French announced their plans it was time for a Swedish distiller to announce  his invasion. Less than a year ago, the owners of Gryhyttan proudly announced the location of their side-project called "Longship",  stating that within a few months their  old equipment would be shipped from Sweden to Scotland. Anno 2014 both the site and fb-page have been removed. Maybe this viking raid received a rough welcome from the existing Orcadian distilleries. (Never mess with the original!)


McCaigs

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Announced: 2016
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: looking for funding
Bottlings:
Location: Oban
Initiator: McCaigs Distillery Ltd
Site:
 mccaigs.com
Source: facebook.com/McCaigsWhisky
Comment: Another distillery for Oban. A place where they will make gin and from time to time a drop of whisky to rival its more famous neighbour. That's a tough one and so far they are only trying to raise a bit of money to fulfill their dream.


Mellerstain

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Announced: 2006
Type: micro-distillery, £1m, output unknown
Status: presumed dead
Bottlings:
Location: Mellerstain (Scottish Borders)
Initiator: Scottish Borders Enterprise
Source: berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/local-news/all-local-news/whisky-distillery-plan-for-mellerstain-1-238356
Comment: After eight years of silence, one can only assume that this was another stillborn child.


Octomore

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Announced: never, only rumored
Type: micro- or small distillery
Status: unconfirmed rumors,  never endorsed by Bruichladdich
Bottlings: currently produced by Bruichladdich
Location: Port Charlotte (Islay)
Initiator: Bruichladdich (Rémy-Cointreau)
Website: bruichladdich.com
Comment: Will probably never be materialised, if such a project were ever to be undertaken, the ressurection of Port Charlotte would be first on the agenda


Port Charlotte

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Announced: March 2007
Type: large distillery, 1,200,000 l/year
Status: project mothballed
Bottlings: currently produced by Bruichladdich
Location: Port Charlotte (Islay)
Initiator: Bruichladdich (Pernod-Ricard)
Website: bruichladdich.com
Source:

Comment: It is taboo to mention the Port Charlotte project anywhere near the Bruichladdich distillery. Shortly after they announced their plans to revive the old Lochindaal (Port Charlotte) distillery and even shipped the equipment from the abandoned Inverleven plant, it became clear that they did not have the necessary funds to build an entirely new distillery (as only the warehouses of Lochindaal remain). One of the acquired stills currently serves for Bruichladdich's gin production. Locals told me that the project could be resumed in 2016.


Portavadie

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Announced: November 2012
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown
Status: on hold
Bottlings:
Location: Polphail (Argyll)
Initiator: Portavadie Distillery Ltd (Bulloch Family, ex-Loch Lomond Distillery)
Website: portavadiedistillery.co.uk
Source: dramscotland.co.uk/sale-loch-lomond-distillery-goes

Comment: What do a ghost village, a hidden luxurious marina and a powerful Scottish whisky tycoon have in common? A micro-distillery  apparently, Polphail used to be a urban explorer's wet dream until the Bulloch family bought the entire abandoned oil rig base (housing +marina) to turn it into a secret home port for wealthy  yachtsmen. This project would not be complete without a small distillery. Time will tell if with the loss of the Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia distilleries this project will ever be completed.


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Announced: January 2015
Type: micro-distillery, output unknown (3  x 220 gallon stills)
Status: planning phase
Bottlings:
Location: Isle of Raasay (Skye)
Initiator: R&B Distillers ltd (same company as The Borders Distilling Company?)
Website:
Source: .pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/inner-hebrides/464020/distillery-plans-for-tiny-hebridean-island/
Comment: .This project is linked to the Walkerburn project in the Borders, and will be constructed around the former Borodale House hotel on the Isle of Raasay near the coast of Skye.


Rosebank (Camelon)

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Announced: November 2012
Type: micro-distillery in old distillery, output unknown
Status: failed to secure financing
Bottlings:
Location: Camelon (Falkirk)
Initiator: Isle of Arran Brewery
Website: discoverrosebank.com
Source: falkirkherald.co.uk/news/business/business-news/arran-brewery-pulls-out-of-rosebank-distillery-revival-plan-1-3412092
Comment: It was an unfortunate year for the Arran Brewery, it failed to secure its bid for both Rosebank and Bladnoch distilleries. The goal was to establish a brewery within the former Rosebank walls and revive a small distillery within the old premises. With the project failing to attract enough investors, I fear the question must be asked: has the time come to say goodbye to the sleeping beauty of the Lowlands?


Roseisle (Glen Mordor)

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Announced: 2007
Type: mega distillery, 20,000,000 l/year
Status: operational since 2010
Bottlings: unavailable (will be in the future)
Location: Elgin (Morayshire)
Initiator: Diageo
Website:  diageo.com/en-row/ourbrands/infocus/pages/infocus-roseisle.aspx
Comment: The leviathan of all Scottish distilleries is called Roseisle, dwarfing other giants of the industry like Glenlivet and Glenfiddich and probably even making some grain distilleries feel uncomfortable. The modern and cold design sends shivers up the spine of many romantic single malt lover, who feared that this new giant made their beloved distilleries redundant. Diageo promised that this distillery would have its own single malt release, probably in the form of a F&F release.


Shetland Distillery Company

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Announced: September 2013
Type: micro-distillery
Status: active as gin distillery
Initiator: Stuart Nickerson
Bottlings:
Location: Unst, former RAF site at Saxa Vord (Shetlands)
Website: shetlandreelgin.com
Comment: An unexpected finalist, after months of silence they started their gin production in july 2014.
Aside from their declaration of intent to produce single malt whisky in the near future, no info on the progress of their plans has been announced. Next to the existing gin operation, a new distillery will be built. Stuart Nickerson was the  former general director of Glenglassaugh, during its 2008 revival. In August 2015 they started releasing bottles of Glenglassaugh that had been bottled on their own premises.


Strathearn

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Announced: March 2013?
Type: micro-distillery, 20,000 l/year
Status: production started in 2014
Bottlings: unavailable
Location: Methven (Perth and Kinross)
Initiator: Strathearn Distillery
Website: strathearndistillery.com
Comment: A small scale distillery opened its doors in Perthshire this year and almost immediately won the UK's "most promising new business" award. Her characteristic small stills  may not look impressive, but the connoisseurs have praised its new make spirit. Small casks are available at low prices , why not give it a try?


Torabhaig

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Announced: first in 2005, again in 2013/14
Type: micro-distillery, £5m.
Status: work in progress
Bottlings:
Location: Torabhaig (Skye)
Initiator: Mossburn Distillers Ltd
Website:
Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-24018955
Comment: The new Isle of Skye distillery has been long overdue, but with their plans finally approved earlier this year, there has been a lot of progress on the building site. Located in a abandoned farmhouse, this distillery  is a project of the newly former Mossburn Distillers (see Jedforrest distillery), better know for the Pràban na Linne range of blends.


Wolfburn

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Announced: 2012
Type: medium distillery, 190,000 l/year
Status: operational since January 2013
Bottlings: unavailable, expected in 2016
Location: Thurso (Caithness)
Initiator: Wolfburn Distillery
Website: wolfburn.com
Comment: A small distillery that doesn't look like much on the outside, but beauty lies within. Build near the site of her 19th century predecessor, this northern distillery will no doubt bring us some amazing whiskies (feel free to send me some samples ;) )  Casks on offer !

 

Well, it seems like you made it through to the end, congrats !

In short 56 projects in one decade: 18 operational, 7 in progress, 31 still on the drawing board or scrapped.
And now the long wait begins...