Whisky Focus - Mossburn & Jedhart Distilleries Get Go Ahead From Scottish Government

Mossburn & Jedhart Distilleries Get Go Ahead


7th February 2017

Scottish government gives go ahead for the £40 million Jedhart and Mossburn distilleries at the former site of the Jedforest hotel in the Scottish Borders.

The former Jedforest Hotel the new home of the Jedhart Distillery and Mossburn Distillery.

You may recall that back in early 2014 plans were unveiled for a £40 million distillery at the former site for the Jedforest hotel at Camptown, three miles south of Jedburgh in the Scottish borders.

Although the project received the full support from local councillors late last year it still required Scottish government clearance due to flooding issues flagged up by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. I am pleased to say that the Scottish government has now cleared the way for the planned £40m Jedhart and Mossburn whisky distilleries in the Borders to proceed by confirming that it does not intend to intervene in the proposed distillery, allowing the Scottish Borders Council to give the go ahead to the project.

A two phase development at the former site of the Jedforest hotel is being proposed by Mossburn Distillers, the folks behind the new £5 million Torabhaig Distillery on the Isle of Skye which is due to go into production very soon. The project will see two whisky distilleries, a bottling hall, maturation warehouses, offices and a visitor centre constructed, it will create around 50 jobs and should be a huge boost to the Borders both now and in the future.

The first phase of the development which will take place between 2017 and 2018 will see the construction of the Jedhart Distillery and visitor centre, a small distillery built to educate visitors in the craft of making spirit. The Jedhart Distillery still house will have three copper stills and a small café which can cater for 36 people. Five 5,000 square metre warehouses will also be constructed during phase one to store pallets and casks.

Phase two of the project will see the construction of the much larger scale Mossburn Distillery with an annual capacity of 25 million litres per year. While Mossburn will be much larger with a significantly larger production output, the design of the Mossburn distillery will be a mirror image of Jedhart even the cafe at Mossburn will be larger, covering for 140 people and there will be a 120 cover restaurant and an entertainment area. Mossburn will be scheduled to be completed by 2021.

Exact details of the style of malt whisky the new distillery will produce is still unknown but it is likely to be a light Lowland style, but they may surprise us and I hope they do. Mossburn Distillers seem to have the finances for the project and it is not expected that they will be selling new make spirit or producing gin to support their business while waiting for their Scotch to mature.
 

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