Landmark project back on track
Work to start on Leith distillery after funds raised
The distillery will be ‘vertical’ and a new landmark
Two friends behind plans for a distillery in Leith have secured funding and expect work on the project to begin early next year.
After a stuttering start Paddy Fletcher and Ian Stirling have now raised £10m from 20 private investors for Port of Leith Distillery which will be built near Ocean Terminal.
They claim the distillery is set to be a “landmark new tourist attraction”, with a “bold design” and “panoramic views over Edinburgh, Leith and the harbour”.
With finance and planning permission now secured, work is set to begin on the project in the Spring, with an opening date marked for Autumn 2020 – creating one of the first purpose-built malt whisky distilleries to come to Edinburgh in more than 100 years.
The distillery will source sherry casks from Bodegas Baron in Cadiz, Andalucía to mature its whisky. In the meantime the company has produced a gin and sherry.
Mr Fletcher, said: “Sherry plays a crucial role in defining the character of many of Scotland’s best-loved whiskies and the Bodegas Baron sherry will help form our whisky. So, while we wait for our whisky to mature, this is a perfect opportunity to give the sherry its moment in the limelight.”