Company set up to operate Arbikie farm distillery in Angus.
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This distillery, located just southwest of Arbroath, would be a marketing man’s nightmare if it existed today. How would you promote a single malt called Wormyhill, especially if a stream that supplied some of its water was called the Rottenraw Burn? Back in the early 1800s, such problems didn't really exist, but even so the distillery only lasted a year.
Decades after its brief operation, the Dundee-Arbroath railway line was laid close by, followed by a junction called Elliot Junction, from where a branch line ran to vast quarries at Carmyllie, some miles inland. Like the distillery, the branch line is now long gone.
The distillery was licensed to Robert Anderson in 1816, but closed the following year. Although no distilleries exist in Arbroath today, the town boasts one of Scotland’s biggest maltings, run by Baird’s on the nearby Elliot Industrial Estate.
- 1816 Licensee Robert Anderson opens Wormyhill distillery
- 1817 The distillery is permanently closed