A FUTURE DISTILLERY
Moffat's First Distillery
Our planning application to build Moffat’s first legal distillery was approved in January 2020. The land was purchased in April 2020, and a little under a year later, groundworks began. The foundations were completed in May 2021. June saw the frame of our new Scotch home standing, waiting patiently for cladding at the end of the month.
Located on the edge of town, the distillery will be accessible by foot, bike, car and small coaches. We expect the building to be wind- and water-tight by end of September, when we will begin to offer hard-hat tours.
Stills are the shining star of any distillery and the Moffat Distillery is no exception. In-keeping with our desire for sustainability and local resources, we will have the only wood-fired still in Scotland. The wood will be collected from local, sustainable sources. Our a 1400 litre wash still and 1000 litre spirit still will make us the smallest whisky producer in Scotland with a visitor centre.
It takes at least three years for spirit to become whisky, and we will age ours for 7, 10, or even 12 years before that product will become available. While those casks patiently age, we will also produce other great spirits, cordials, and expand our Local Dram range as well as our Auld Special Edition Single Cask bottling. These and other whiskies, will be available at our bar. We will also serve coffees, teas and cakes.
The distillery sits on a site we call the Hearthlands: the hearth being the traditional focal point of every home and community and community being central to who we are. Our mission is to create products that spark conversations and build friendships that strengthen community. Just like the physical hearth, our distillery will be a place for people to find kindred spirits, share ideas and form lasting relationships. A community supporting the community of Moffat.
The distillery is situated on 17 acres, giving us ample space to be creative and open up opportunities for our community. Once the distillery is up and running, we will be setting out a makers-marketplace to enable local artisan producers to work and share ideas with like-minded people. Positioned in close proximity to the distillery, we hope to create a place where local, independent producers can connect with the rest of the world.
Our project would not have been possible without the support from South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership - now South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) - and Dumfries and Galloway Council. To move forward, we will be seeking additional funding. If you’d like to help support the Moffat Distillery, sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of any page on our website, and we will keep in touch with ways you can help.
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