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Lowland single malt whisky
One of the first malt distilleries to be built in Glasgow for over a century, Clydeside intends to eschew its Lowland base and create a malt whisky that reflects the city’s shipping heritage. Owner Morrison Glasgow Distillers has worked closely with distilling consultant Dr. Jim Swan to design a ‘light but fruity spirit’ which is less grassy and malty than other Lowland malts, instead veering toward a spicier Speyside style to reflect Glasgow’s past in bringing tobacco and spices to the UK.
Glasgow was once a major whisky distilling and bottling hub of Scotland, with around 40 companies operating out of the city in 1963. But by the 21st century they had been reduced to just a handful. The whisky contingent dwindled so much that Glasgow distillery, which began operation in 2014, was the city’s first malt plant to open in 112 years.
Around the same time as Glasgow distillery’s conception, Tim Morrison, owner of AD Rattray and formerly of Morrison Bowmore distillers, conceived an idea for a malt distillery on the banks of the Clyde.
The old Pump House, built in 1877 by Morrison’s great grandfather – John Morrison of builders Morrison and Mason, which also built the historic Queen’s Dock – was originally designed to provide hydraulic power to raise and lower the bridge servicing the commercial dock. By the 1970s shipping traffic had declined, and the dock was filled in using rubble from the demolition of St Enoch Station. The Pump House, now redundant, spent the next few decades as an Indian restaurant, Italian restaurant, a contractor’s office, and a visitors’ centre for the Tall Ship attraction at Glasgow Harbour.
In 2011, Morrison Glasgow Distillers (MGD), led by Tim Morrison as chairman, his son Andrew as commercial director and Glen Moore at managing director, purchased the site and began a long process of seeing its conversion into a malt whisky distillery.
Originally the plant was to be called Glasgow distillery, but excavation complications arising from the infilling of the Queen’s Dock halted construction work, allowing the Glasgow Distillery Company to open its own Glasgow distillery in Hillington.
Work finally began on Clydeside distillery, which took its new name from the riverbank on which it sits, on 1 August 2016. The distillery and visitors’ centre is due to be completed by autumn 2017.
- 1877 The Pump House and Queen’s Dock are built by John Morrison
- 1977 Queen’s Dock, no longer in use, is infilled
- 2011 Morrison Glasgow Distillers purchases the Pump House
- 2014 Planning approval is granted to transform the building into a distillery
- 2015 A revised planning application is submitted, and approved
- 2016 August: Work begins on converting the building into a distillery
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- 72 hours
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- Indirect steam
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- Semi Lauter
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- Off site
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- Stainless Steel
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- Loch Katrine
100 Stobcross Road
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- Not open to the public