New whisky distillery planned at Craggan in the Cairngorms

Speymalt (owner of Benromach and Gordon & MacPhail) gears up for expansion

The boom continues: The next whisky company reveals its plans to build a new whisky distillery. Speymalt Whisky Distributors has announced they chose the little town of Craggan at Granton-on-Spey in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park as the location for the new plant.

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director of Speymalt, said in a press release: “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.”

There haven’t been published any details about the distillery and planning admission hasn’t been submitted yet. First step will be to get in contact with the local community and start consultations. Plans for the distillery will be presented at a public exhibition in summer. Start of the construction of the so far unnamed distillery is set for 2019 and works will probably take one year.

In 1993 Speymalt Whisky Distributors, for four generations now in the hands of the Urquhart Family, had acquired Benromach Distillery in Forres. After extensive refurbishment it had been re-opened in 1998. The company that also has been established as independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, is just to install supplementary gin production at Benromach.

Photo of Ewen Mackintosh: Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd