The first new distillery to be built in the Cairngorms National Park in 15 years is being planned by Speymalt Whisky Distributors, the parent company of family-owned whisky specialists, Gordon & MacPhail.
Plans for the new distillery, which will be located at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey, will go before planners but not before the company consult with the local community. A public exhibition on the plans will also take place over the summer.
It’s a multi-million investment by the company, who also own and operate Benromach Distillery in Forres. They plan to turn it into a major tourist attraction and create local jobs.
As Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director, Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd explained, “Building a second distillery is an important part of our business plan and we have spent some time researching a suitable site. We believe we have found the perfect place for our new distillery at Craggan. It’s a stunning location with strong transport links and can accommodate the distillery, warehousing and a visitor experience.
“The Cairngorms are a beautiful part of the world and we aim to design a distillery which will be in keeping with this wonderful landscape.
“We continue to build our business using our expertise and skill in the industry. The purchase of Benromach Distillery and the growth of this brand internationally over the past twenty years has proved to be a huge success. Constructing a second distillery will enable us to continue creating a sustainable long-term legacy for future generations.”
No decision has been made on a name for the distillery but if planning is approved, building is expected to start in 2019 and should take 12 months to complete.
Speymalt is a fourth-generation family owned business which has built its knowledge and experience of the Scotch whisky industry over a 120-year history. The Urquhart family realised a long-held ambition when they acquired Benromach Distillery in 1993. They reopened it after extensive refurbishment in 1998 and are celebrating the 20thanniversary this year. A member of the world famous Malt Whisky Trail, Benromach Distillery attracts over 13,000 visitors to the area every year. Work recently started on creating a gin distillery and visitor experience at the Benromach site. http://www.gordonandmacphail.com