Whisky Focus - Plans For New Distillery At Craggan Unveiled

Plans For New Distillery At Craggan Unveiled

30th May 2018
Gordon & MacPhail parent company unveil plans for a new yet to be named distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey.

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director, Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd

Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd, the parent company of Gordon & MacPhail the family owned whisky specialist, wholesaler and retailer and owner of Benromach Distillery has unveiled plans to build a new distillery at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey.

If the yet to be named distillery at Craggan gets the go ahead it would become the first new malt whisky distillery to be built in the Cairngorms National Park since its creation in 2003 and the multi million pound investment by Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd would be expected to become a major tourist attraction and significant local employer.

Speymalt hopes to build the new distillery overlooking the Cairngorm mountains in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and as Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director, Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd explained: "Building a second distillery is an important part of our business plan and we have spent some time researching a suitable site. We believe we have found the perfect place for our new distillery at Craggan. Itís a stunning location with strong transport links and can accommodate the distillery, warehousing and a visitor experience.

"The Cairngorms are a beautiful part of the world and we aim to design a distillery which will be in keeping with this wonderful landscape.

"We continue to build our business using our expertise and skill in the industry. The purchase of Benromach Distillery and the growth of this brand internationally over the past twenty years has proved to be a huge success. Constructing a second distillery will enable us to continue creating a sustainable long term legacy for future generations."

The company now hopes to start the consultation process with the local community before submitting a planning application later in the year. If planning is approved, building is expected to start in 2019 and should take 12 months to complete.

A public exhibition on the plans will take place over the summer.

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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