First community-owned distillery planned in Scotland

Scotch Whisky // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Scotch Whisky // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

The GlenWyvis Distillery Community Benefit Society is working to make the Scottish hamlet of Dingwall a craft spirit destination once again. The Highland whisky firm hopes to raise £1.5 million to develop the country’s first community-owned distillery.

“The firm, in conjunction with lottery-funded body Community Shares Scotland (CSS), is offering investment opportunities for as little as £250 to people living in all the surrounding IV postcode areas – and between £750 and £100,000 to anybody, regardless of where they live.”

[H/T Independent]

“The new distillery will re-instate craft whisky distilling to the Dingwall area, some 90 years after the last of the town’s original distilleries closed down. The original Ferintosh Distillery was established by the Forbes of Culloden family in 1690, on the Black Isle just east of Dingwall, and is one of the oldest recorded whisky distilleries in Scotland.

Ferintosh was a favourite of the poet Robert Burns, who lamented: ‘Thee, Ferintosh! O sadly lost! Scotland lament frae coast to coast!’, on its closure in 1785.”

[H/T The Drinks Business]

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