The Borders Distilling Company has identified a site in Walkerburn to build the first distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837.
We are currently in discussions with potential investors to raise the funding (£5 million) required. The proposed distillery in Walkerburn will produce 100,000 litres of pure alcohol a year which will be matured for three years before becoming Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It is my aim to return my Great Grandfather’s whisky The Tweeddale home to the Scottish Borders.
The Scottish Borders is currently the only region of Scotland that does not have a distillery, although there have been three distilleries in the pas,t these were short lived (1818 to 1837).
The Three Stills Company director John Fordyce also has plans to build the first distillery in the Scottish Borders and has identified a site in Hawick for their £10 million project. As with the Borders Distilling Company the Three Stills Company are currently in the process of raising the funds required.
Yesterday, Thursday 20th February Mossburn Distillers announced their plans to build a £40 million pound distillery south of Jedburgh at the 34 acre of the Jed Forrest Hotel.
Mossburn Distillers proposed distillery near Jedburgh will produce grain whisky, malt whisky and other spirits like rum. Earlier this week they also announced their plans to build a £5 million distillery on the Isle of Skye.
So rather like the tour busses on the A68, we have waited 177 years for a whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders and three come along at once!
The game ‘s a foot, the race is on for the first distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837. Watch this space!