Ardgowan Distillery, located near Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow, has recently made a strategic appointment in the form of Paul Currie. With an impressive 30 years of experience in independent distilleries, Currie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role as chairman. This appointment comes at an exciting time for the distillery as it gears up to unveil its eagerly anticipated £20 million “cathedral of whisky” later this year.
Despite facing challenges and delays caused by Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, Ardgowan Distillery is now well on its way to becoming a prominent player in the whisky industry. The state-of-the-art facility will have the capacity to produce up to a million liters of premium whisky annually, positioning Ardgowan as a force to be reckoned with in the world of whisky production.
Not only is Ardgowan Distillery focused on creating exceptional whisky, but it is also committed to sustainable practices. Through a collaborative effort with Heriot-Watt University and engineers Briggs of Burton, the distillery plans to implement a carbon-capture and heat storage process that will see excess CO2 heat the stills. This is in addition to its environmentally friendly design, using materials with a low environmental impact.
Ground was broken on the project in 2023, and the distillery is expected to open in 2024. The distillery’s ambitious project has received significant support from various investors. UK-based spirits producer Distil made a substantial investment of £5 million. Additionally, the Scottish government’s Food Processing, Marketing, and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme has awarded £982,000 towards the construction costs, in recognition of Ardgowan’s future importance to the local economy.
Of his new appointment, Currie said “I am particularly looking forward to supporting the development of the Clan Ardgowan programme which allows whisky lovers from all over the world to become part of Ardgowan Distillery’s journey”.