Work to begin next month
Holyrood Distillery completes £5.8m fund-raising
Supporters of Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for almost 100 years have contributed £5.8 million to help get the project under way.
The funds will be used to redevelop the 180-year-old Engine Shed building and site on St Leonard’s Lane in the city’s old town.
Construction work on Holyrood Distillery will begin next month with the aim of opening to the public in spring 2019. It will create 35 jobs.
The new funding round, led by Johnston Carmichael, comprises investments from 60 private investors from around the world and £1.5m from the Scottish Investment Bank, Scottish Enterprise’s investment arm.
Rob Carpenter, the distiller’s founder, said: “With a lot of hard work and effort by the whole team, and working with the supportive and highly professional team at Scottish Investment Bank, we have reached our fundraising target, allowing us to bring the distillery to life.
“We can now move on to the fun part – building our new distillery and visitor centre.
“We want our customers to be our guides, helping us shape and build the spirits and flavours that they most enjoy.
“It’s a new collaborative approach to spirit production that we are all truly excited about and one which we believe offers something quite different from other distilleries.”
Holyrood Distillery will be Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery since Glen Sciennes closed in the 1920s.
It is a joint development by David Robertson, former Master Distiller for The Macallan, and Rob and Kelly Carpenter, founders of the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Under the guidance of head distiller, Jack Mayo, the distillery will produce a range of single malts, gins, liqueurs and other spirits.
The visitor centre aims to provide a totally new kind of distillery visitor experience, immersing guests in the flavour sensations of Holyrood’s range of spirits.