Eden Mill St Andrews, a contemporary gin and Scotch whisky producer, recently received full planning permission to build its brand new distillery and visitor center in St Andrews, Scotland.
In fact, a 50-year land lease was agreed upon and signed with the renowned University of St Andrews.
The new distillery, seeking to be one of the world’s first carbon neutral distilleries, is now under construction on the University of St Andrews Eden Campus. The campus itself is dedicated to zero-carbon, sustainable businesses and research enterprises.
Derek Watson, with the University of St Andrews, said the agreement marks an exciting milestone in the relationship between the University of St Andrews and Eden Mill, which has been based at what is now the Eden Campus for a decade.
“The regeneration of the former paper mill site and the creation of Eden Campus is a major strategic move for the university which will provide an exceptional working environment for our staff,” he said in a prepared statement. “It will breathe new life into the local economy of Guardbridge and have a beneficial impact on the town of St Andrews and beyond. We are delighted that Eden Mill is part of that.”
Paul Miller, Eden Mill St Andrews founder and managing director, said the vision for the Eden Mill distillery has been closely developed with the University of St Andrews.
“Its fabulous location at the mouth of the River Eden meets the romantic requirements for single malt scotch whisky, while the strictly sustainable nature of our new distillery and the environmentally innovative surroundings of the campus are perfect for our progressive brand,” Miller added.
Eden Mill St Andrews is said to be one of the leading contemporary Scottish craft gins, and its single malt whisky is coming on strong. Future distillation for these products will be at the new site on the Eden Campus.
Miller also noted that the multi-million-pound distillery will in part be powered by the university’s new ground solar development and a future roof mounted system on top of the distillery. Eden Mill is also discussing with the university the potential for capturing carbon from production processes, which may be used to produce alternative fuels
The new distillery and visitor center is scheduled to open in the first half of 2023.