Edinburgh may get new distillery
March 18, 2017 by Michael
A company based in Edinburgh has announced an ambitious proposal that would see a brand new whisky distillery built in the city, at a cost of £5 million, restoring this industry to the Scottish capital.
Muckle Brig Ltd is aiming to construct this facility at a location adjacent to the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Ocean Terminal retail centre, in Leith. A lease running for 60 years has been agreed with Resolution, the company that owns the retail centre.
Should the project go ahead, it would be called Port of Leith Distillery and would be a building with either four or five storeys. It is also set to feature a floating bar and restaurant alongside it.
The work to put together the planning application has now started, with the early summer being targeted for the local council to receive it. Muckle Brig has already found the funding for building warrant and planning consent applications.
Muckle Brig’s Ian Stirling told the Daily Record:
“The first step to making whisky is making a beer, and as any beer fan will know, there is a whole world of possibilities in that process. We want to play with those possibilities, ferment something special, and then distil a delicious lowland whisky.”
The company might well use places offering marketing services to help promote the whisky, if the distillery is built.