reopen the Brora distillery have been
given the go ahead by Highland planners.
Diageo's plans to reopen the Brora
Distillery has taken another step
forward after Highland planners granted
permission to the landmark project.
Painstaking work will now begin to
restore the original buildings, which
date back almost two centuries to 1819,
bringing the site back to life as a
Under the plans, the distillery’s
historic stillhouse will be entirely
dismantled before being meticulously
rebuilt stone-by-stone so that it
retains its original character but is
structurally capable of once more
producing the finest quality spirit.
Stewart Bowman, Brora Distillery Project
Implementation Manager, said: "This is a
key milestone in our journey to bring
Brora Distillery back into production.
"Everyone involved is raring to get
going with the work to restore the
beautiful distillery buildings so they
can once more produce the spirit that
Brora is famous for.
"We will now begin the painstaking work
of bringing down and reconstructing the
stillhouse with care and attention to
detail so that every stone is perfect."
Diageo first announced plans to reopen
Brora Distillery in October last year,
35 years after it closed its doors,
sparking local interest from the
community and from whisky lovers around
Earlier this year, the team bringing
Brora Distillery back to life invited
the local community to be a part of its
revival by sharing their memories,
stories and artefacts relating to the
famous Scotch distillery. In return,
Diageo shared exclusive drawings and
plans for the distillery’s construction
which, where possible, will replicate
the distillation regimes and spirit
character of the original distillery.
Of course it will still be some years
before whisky fans will be able to taste
any new spirit from Brora and meanwhile
I am sure the highly rated peaty
Highland malt whisky which was produced
in the old Brora distillery up until
1983 when it closed during a downturn in
the popularity of Scotch whisky will
still be highly sought after by whisky
connoisseurs and collectors.
If you cannot wait for the Brora
distillery to reopen to taste the peaty
Highland malt whisky and your pockets
are deep enough you are sure to find a
bottle or two available to buy from
specialist online whisky retailers such