The Three Stills Company Profile

Despite not one of its founding board hailing from the area, The Three Stills Company’s ethos revolves around bringing distilled spirits back to the Scottish Borders.

The group operates the region’s first (legal) whisky distillery since 1837, which produces malt whisky and a gin featuring local botanicals. It also blends and bottles a blended Scotch called Clan Fraser and blended malt Lower East Side.

Its four founders all have a stake in the operation, though funds were also raised through private investors in France and Latin America, and through Edinburgh-based investment firm, Badenoch & Co.

The Three Stills Company History

The Three Stills Company was founded in 2013 with the aim of building and operating the first distillery in the Scottish borders for over 180 years. It was the coming together of four ex-William Grant & Sons heads: George Tait, Tony Roberts, John Fordyce and CEO Tim Carton.

Having spotted an ‘on-going long term shortage of malt’ in the Scotch whisky industry, and with a desire to ‘reinvent’ distillation in the Borders, the group eventually raised the funds to acquire a brownfield site in Hawick on which to build a single malt distillery.

Three Stills broke ground at Hawick in August 2016, and eventually opened the site in April 2018. It released its first product, William Kerr’s Borders Gin, in the summer.


The Borders Distillery
16-20 Commercial Road
United Kingdom

See also

  • Hawick Hawick Hawick Distillery


    Another here-and-gone distillery in its namesake town that operated briefly in 1818-19.

  • Borders Borders Borders Distillery


    The first Scotch whisky distillery to open in the Borders since 1837.

  • Clan Fraser Clan Fraser Clan Fraser Brand

    Clan Fraser

    Blended Scotch whisky popular in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Aberfeldy Aberfeldy Aberfeldy Distillery & brand


    The home of Dewar's World of Whisky.

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