Borders Distillery officially openend

The distillery in the South of Scotland is now open to visitors

For the first time the new Borders Distillery in Hawick opened its doors today for the public. Already since 6th March production is runs here but now the distillery offers visitor tours as well. „The first legal whisky distillery in the region since 1837” – this proud statement can bee seen on the distillery website and in social media. Here in the Borders there’s ntradition of whisky making but of cashmere und tweed. This is going to change now: The four founders of the Borders Distillery, Tim Carton, John Fordyce, Tony Roberts and George Tait, formed the Three Stills Company and with the help of private

Preserving historical architecture

Building up the plant existing sheds and houses have been restored and carefully integrated. Stonework, wood and steal construction have been preserved as much as possible and the former building of Hawick Urban Electric Company from 1903 gives this new distillery a historic atmosphere. Tradition is also an important aspect regarding the distillation equipment: Built by Forsyths of Rothes the Borders Distillery not only shows up with two wash stills and two sprit stills for the whisky production but also with a traditional carter head still for making the William Kerr Gin. The annual production of alcohol could reach two million liters. Already now the Three Stills Company released two whiskies: Clan Fraser is a blended single malt, Lower East Side a blended malt.

Bringing whisky back to the borders

The four founders of the Borders Distillery can look back to years of whisky experience: all four had been working for William Grant & Sons (e.g Glenfiddich and Balvenie) in senior positions. CEO Tim Carton explained to The Spirits Business the reason for building the distillery in the borders: : “We saw a great opportunity to rebuild the industry and put the Borders, as far as Scotch whisky’s concerned, back on the map,” explained Carton. “The world doesn’t really need another Highland malt and there are plenty of projects going on in the islands, but there was nothing from here.”

Picture: The Borders Distillery