New chapter for brand
Macleod invests £10m-plus in Edinburgh Gin distillery
Artist’s impression of new distillery
Ian Macleod Distillers is investing well in excess of £10 million in a new distillery for Edinburgh Gin in the capital’s old town.
It has acquired the last of the undeveloped arches on East Market Street opposite the city council offices which will be turned into a modern gin ‘experience’.
The new distillery will will invite an estimated 100,000 visitors a year on a journey through the history of gin-making alongside a sensory immersion into flavour, botanicals and distilling. Visitors will also have the chance to make their own gin.
First-stage plans for the three-storey premises include a glass-fronted entrance providing a street-side view of the stills, a stunning rooftop terrace featuring Edinburgh Gin botanicals, and private gin tasting rooms.
Since the brand’s launch in 2010, Edinburgh Gin has experienced unprecedented growth and in 2016 was acquired by Ian Macleod Distillers which is providing the entire funding package for the new distillery.
The expansion will see production capacity of Edinburgh Gin increase by more than 200%.
Neil Mowat, UK marketing director at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the evolution of Edinburgh Gin. This investment is our commitment to continued innovation and growth.
“Working with local businesses including Staran Architects and Contagious, we are confident this will be a stunning distillery that offers a gin experience quite unlike any other.”
Also involved in the project are specialist designers including Rankin Fraser, Rybka and Etive Consulting. Axiom Project Services is providing project management and quantity surveying services.
The existing Edinburgh Gin Visitor Centre and Distillery is currently located in the West End.