Whisky Focus - Brora Distillery Resurrection Given Planning Permission

Brora Distillery Resurrection Given Planning Permission

10th October 2018
Plans to reopen the Brora distillery have been given the go ahead by Highland planners.

Brora Distillery artists impression of the proposed view from the South East.

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 working distillery.

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 the world.

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 as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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