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Clydeside Distillery brings whisky back to riverside

Whisky distilling returns to the banks of the River Clyde as The Clydeside Distillery officially opens its doors to the public.

The distillery, between the Riverside Museum and SSE Hydro, is now producing the first spirit in the area for more than 100 years.

Sitting on the site formerly known as The Queen’s Dock, The Pump House will produce a Lowland single malt Scotch whisky.

The Distillery’s chairman Tim Morrison is the great grandson of John Morrison, who originally built The Queen’s Dock in 1877. Mr Morrison, formerly of Morrison Bowmore Distillers is proprietor of the AD Rattray Scotch Whisky Company.

The project to transform The Pump House into an operational whisky distillery began in 2012 and has been spearheaded by Mr Morrison and his son Andrew, the distillery’s commercial director.

Tim Morrison said: “This is an exciting day for Glasgow and the Scotch whisky industry. After more than a century copper stills are producing spirit on the banks of the Clyde and we’re incredibly proud to be able to open our doors to the public.

“Glasgow has an affinity with Scotch whisky unlike any other city in the world with The Queen’s Dock previously witnessing the exports of whisky with ships sailing past the Pump House destined for all continents of the world.

“Of course for me and my family there is a very personal link knowing that my great grandfather built The Queen’s Dock where the Clydeside Distillery now sits. We’re looking forward to the future and seeing whisky produced in the heart of Glasgow once again.”

Andrew Morrison said: “This project has been a labour of love and I’m very proud to see The Clydeside Distillery now open. Today marks the culmination of a long-standing vision to put Glasgow back on the Scotch whisky map.”

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