Whisky Focus - Port Of Leith Now Taking Distillery Tour Bookings

Port Of Leith Now Taking Distillery Tour Bookings

27th September 2023
The  remarkable nine-story high, £12 million, Port of Leith distillery has finally come to fruition and is now taking tour bookings ahead of it opening on Wednesday 13th October.

Port of Leith Distillery

The Port of Leith distillery is inviting whisky enthusiasts to scale new heights at their rather unique vertical distillery, the distillery is now taking tour bookings ahead of its public opening on Wednesday, October 11th.

This remarkable nine-story, £12 million distillery has finally come to fruition, more than ten years after the initial 'pipe-dream' concept was hatched by wine merchant Ian Stirling and finance director Paddy Fletcher during a whisky-filled evening at Milroy's whisky bar in London.

Reservations are now open for Port of Leith's immersive tour and tasting experience. Tours will be conducted from 12 PM to 8 PM on Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturdays, and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sundays. Over the course of 90 minutes, aficionados will be led through the captivating narrative of the distillery's improbable genesis, have the opportunity to fill their own miniature bottle with new make spirit, and indulge in a tasting journey through the distillery's production process within its state-of-the-art Quality Control Tasting Laboratory.

Furthermore, reservations are available for the exclusive top-floor mezzanine bar, which will also open its doors on October 11th. This unparalleled space offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Edinburgh, a floor-to-ceiling backlit whisky bar, and a menu featuring delectable small plates that showcase the finest ingredients from Scotland's world-renowned culinary repertoire.

Ian Stirling, Co-Founder of Port of Leith Distillery said: "Building a distillery of our own has been an ambition of Paddy and mine for over 10 years so to see the project finally come to fruition is a surreal moment for us.

"We never set out to build a vertical distillery - the shape and size of the building is a product of the tiny site we were able to secure. We wedged our distillery tower into Edinburgh’s historic harbour to make our building as accessible as possible to people who, like us, love whisky.

"We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the Port of Leith tour as special as we possibly can and look forward to welcoming fans across the globe to a whisky experience like no other."

Port of Leith is set to be the biggest tourist attraction to be built in Leith for decades, with a projected 25,000 visitors in its first year, increasing to 160,000 by 2025.

Paddy Fletcher, Co-Founder of The Port of Leith Distillery added: "Coming from Edinburgh, we were always confused as to why there were no single malt distilleries operating in the city.

"Being able to build something modern and different has been an enormous treat; hopefully it will encourage people to take a second look at Scotch whisky as there's huge amounts of innovation and excitement going on within the industry."

The distillery is creating up to 50 long term local jobs, with the capacity to produce one million bottles of whisky per year.

Priced at £26 per person, Port of Leith Distillery tours will be available from Wednesday 11th of October. They can be booked online at www.leithdistillery.com/thetour. The Port of Leith Distillery Bar can be booked separately online www.leithdistillery.com/the-distillery-bar.

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