High expectations for Ardnamurchan
Milestone for green whisky distillery
Scotland’s greenest distillery has reached a major milestone as the first of its maturing spirit has officially become whisky.
Three years after Ardnamurchan Distillery in the west Highlands laid down the first cask, its parent company Adelphi says there are already mounting expectations for its whisky.
The Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016 AD was sold out four times over and only a few months on from its release, prices at auction have already been reaching well above the original retail price.
Marking the milestone on 1 August, Alex Bruce, managing director, said: “This is a hugely important milestone for Ardnamurchan.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support for the distillery from all over the world, and this is a testament to the great team we have working with us, and their absolute attention to quality. The 500 litre ex-Sherry butt no. 1, filled on the 1st August 2014, is now surrounded by a full warehouse of sister casks, all enjoying the superb west coast maturation climate.”
Ardnamurchan is among a new wave of distilleries across Scotland and one of the first to be wholly reliant on local renewable energy, using woodchip for heat and hydro-generated electricity.
However, Adelphi has said it won’t be releasing its whisky until it has aged for a minimum of seven years, meaning a release date of 2021.
Adelphi was founded as an independent bottler of Scotch whisky in 1992 by Jamie Walker, the great-grandson of Archibald Walker who had owned the original Adelphi distillery in Glasgow during the 19th century. The Loch Katrine Adelphi Distillery was built in 1826 and ceased production in 1932.
In 2003, Adelphi was bought by Keith Falconer and Donald Houston and moved its offices to the west coast peninsula of Ardnamurchan. In 2010, it opened an additional head office and warehousing in Fife.