Falkirk Distillery starts production

A new distillery enters the Lowlands whisky szene

 

Actually, the first new make should have flown earlier out of the stills of the Falkirk Distillery, but the pandemic has caused delays. But now George Stewart and his team proudly proclaimed the start of distillation. The family-run distillery has taken the step to “producing status” after 10 years of vision, planning and construction work.

Equipped with the mash tun and two stills from the closed Caperdonich Distillery (the Belgian Owl Distillery has been working with the other two Caperdonich still for a while), the Falkirk Distillery will have the capacity to produce more than a million liters of alcohol annually. They want to produce a light Lowland malt that would appeal to a wide range of spirit drinkers, explains George Stewart.

Focussing on quality

Distillery Manager Graham Brown, who gained experience in the whisky sector at Distell and worked for both Deanston and Tobermory, is responsible for the development and quality of the whisky and explains: “Our main aim here is to focus on the quality of the spirit. There is no rush to just put anything out to market that we aren’t immensely proud of and we believe that will show in the final product.”

George Stewart also thinks in terms of time and said: “The whole process to date has been one of passion and patience. We have invested heavily in time and money to create something we hope the local area can be immensely proud of. We are overwhelmed with the support shown already from the local area and whisky community. There is something about whisky that really brings people together. Our expectations are that over 80,000 visitors will come through the doors here every year and that has to be a boost for the local community. Furthermore, once fully operational with tours and restaurant running, we will require well over 60 staff members.”

Falkirk Distillery waits for revival of tourism

The distillery is located on the M9 between Edinburgh and Stirling, so that hopes for a large number of visitors are certainly justified once tourism starts up again after the Covid-19 restrictions. Then a restaurant and a tasting event center will join the distillery. Until then, whisky fans can follow the development of the distillery on their homepage and have the chance to become a member of a Founder's Club there.

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