As of yesterday (that’s 30th July 2019), with the opening of Holyrood Distillery, single malt whisky distilling has returned to Scotland’s capital!
The last single malt distillery in Edinburgh was previously known as Glen Sciennes before Andrew and John Usher bought it. They renamed it (funnily enough) Edinburgh Distillery but it was closed in 1925 by its then current owners, Scottish Malt Distillers. When SMD put the distillery’s buildings up for sale in 1926, it was on condition that it would no longer be used as a distillery. The bonded warehouses were situated near the railway line at St Leonard’s; just a hop, skip and a jump from the former goods shed which now houses Holyrood Distillery.
For now, though, let’s head back to the future.
Founded by Kelly and Rob Carpenter, who also established the Canadian branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and David Robertson, founder of Rare Whisky 101, the ethos that “flavour matters” will be brought to life by head distiller Jack Mayo and his team.
Although we’ll need to wait at least three years before Holyrood Distillery is able to release its very own single malt, in the meantime we can look forward to an exciting journey. As well as a range of gin on offer, which will be made using ‘Ginnie Deans’ – the bespoke still designed by Jack himself – Holyrood has also recently released a range of gin liqueurs.
We’re obviously delighted that Holyrood Distillery will be joining us in March 2020 for our next Fife Whisky Festival. With a wee while to go before we open the doors to the Corn Exchange in Cupar for a third time, we’re looking forward to following the team’s progress and are as excited as you to find out which tasty treats they’ll be pouring on the day!
In the meantime, head over the bridge and pay them a visit!