Speyside Distillers, currently operators of the historic Speyside Distillery “nestled within the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains,” recently revealed plans for a new state of the art single malt whisky distillery. While some of the details of the plan, including location and design, are still under wraps, the facility is supposed to be the latest extension in the distillery’s expansion plan.
“Last year was challenging for us, as it was for most businesses dealing with Covid-19. With our industry also facing the added problem of US tariffs, we have had to change our strategy to find new and innovative ways to drive our business forward,” Patricia Dillion, Speyside Distillers managing director, said in a prepared statement. “In 2019 we committed to increasing our distillate to meet rising demand, and this year we are producing five times our normal rates.”
The new distillery will give them the capacity to distill the quantities of whisky required, while still giving them the ability to expand. Dillion noted the brand is looking forward to sharing more details as they become available over the next few months and years.
Speyside Distillers chief executive John Harvey McDonough added the distillery will be the perfect next step for the Speyside brand and the Harvey Family legacy.
“Building a new distillery is obviously a major commitment, and we are incredibly excited about the opportunities it shall bring for our single malt whisky brands,” Harvey McDonough said. “In recent months we have in two new team members – Martin MacLeod and Raymond MacKay – to assist long-serving employee Andrew Scorgie and distillery manager Allan Findlay, which will allow us to maintain the levels of production required to match demand.
“It’s important to us that we continue to embrace experience and history within the whisky industry, while also continuing to innovate and nurture new talent to ensure its bright future.”
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.