Whisky Focus - Gordon & MacPhail Unveil Plans For New Distillery At Craggan

Gordon & MacPhail Unveil Plans For New Distillery At Craggan

1st March 2019
Gordon & MacPhail unveil images of their proposed distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey, Speyside.

Gordon & MacPhail design for new distillery at Craggan near Grantown-on-Spey.

Further to the announcement in May last year from Gordon & MacPhail of their plans to build a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey, the Speyside based whisky maker and bottler has unveiled images of the new distillery they hope to build in the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland.

The yet to be named distillery has been designed to take advantage of stunning views across the River Spey to the Cairngorm mountains. The circular design of the building is intended disguise much of the day to day working of the distillery within the service yard and sedum roofs will help the buildings blend into the surrounding environment when viewed from higher ground.

As part of the consultation process with the local community more than 150 people visited an exhibition and viewed the plans for the new distillery, which included computer generated images of the distillery and associated buildings.

If the plans get the go ahead this will be second distillery owned by the Speyside basd family owned firm, with Benromach Distillery at Forres being a big success story for them. The second distillery at Craggan if it happens will have a production rate which will initially be 375,000 litres per year, although the distillery will be capable of producing 2 million litres of alcohol in the longer term.

Response locally to the plans has been overwhelmingly positive. Ewen Mackintosh, Gordon & MacPhail’s managing director, said they had been delighted at the response at an event held as part of the planning process. "We’re really pleased at the number of people who came along to see our plans, we couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome. People are saying how excited they are to see a distillery being proposed for the area as they believe it has the potential to support Grantown-on-Spey as a destination and encourage visitors to stay longer in the town."

Gordon & MacPhail has been working closely with architects NORR to create the designs for the distillery, the first new build Scotch malt whisky distillery to be built in the Cairngorm National Park.

Members of the fourth generation of the Urquhart family, owners of Gordon & MacPhail, were at the exhibition to hear the views of the local community and emphasise the company’s commitment to the area.

As Stuart Urquhart, Gordon & MacPhail Operations Director, explained: "We are a longstanding family-owned business with strong roots and commitment to the north of Scotland. Building and operating our second distillery is part of our generational plan to grow a long-term sustainable business, whilst continuing to be part of the fabric of the local community."

Gordon & MacPhail is a family owned business which has built its knowledge and experience of the Scotch whisky industry over a 120-year history. In 1993, the Urquhart family realised a long-held ambition when they acquired Benromach Distillery and reopened it after extensive refurbishment in 1998 and now the distillery at Craggan could be the next chapter in the family owned and run whisky businesses history.

You will find the current Gordon & MacPhail portfolio of whisky available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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