Glenkinchie settles bees on the distillery grounds

The Garden Distillery will soon offer "Glenkinchie Honey"


Three bee colonies will be the new inhabitants of the Glenkinchie Distillery gardens and help Glenkinchie, known as "The Garden Distillery", care for its flowers.

65,000 busy little bees will be on the move from each of the beehives in July, not only pollinating the trees, bushes and flowers in the gardens of the Glenkinchie Distillery and the surrounding area, but also enable the production of an own Glenkinchie Honey. This will be available in the distillery shop and is to be used in the distillery bar to sweeten cocktails, according to various Scottish media, including the Edinburgh Evening News.

Glenkinchie Master Distiller Ramsay Borthwick is quoted as saying: “East Lothian where Glenkinchie calls home is known as Scotland’s garden county and is the perfect spot for us to nurture our very own bees. We’re passionate about supporting local suppliers and the local community, and with such expert knowledge, Hoods Honey are the ideal partner to help us produce our very own Glenkinchie Honey.”

Hoods Honey has over 60 years of experience in beekeeping and honey production and as a local company it was chosen by Glenkinchie as its partner for this honey project.

The visitor center of the Glenkinchie Distillery is one of the 12 that Diageo chose for its extensive multi-million-pound investment program (we reported). Glenkinchie is one of the four "Corner Distilleries" of the Johnnie Walker brand. One of the old Glenkinchie warehouses is being converted into a modern visitor center with a lounge, shop, tasting room and bar, and the garden will be redesigned and extended.

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