Spencerfield Spirit Company Profile

Spencerfield Spirit Co is headed by husband wife team Alex Nicol and Jane Eastwood, and has its headquarters at Spencerfield Farmhouse, which overlooks the Firth of Forth. Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard Paterson plays a significant role in selecting and blending component whiskies for Spencerfield whiskies.

The principal whiskies offered by Spencerfield are the blended malt Sheep Dip and the blended Scotch Pig’s Nose, along with The Feathery – a Sherry-cask-matured blended malt. Spencerfield also distils its own gin at Rutland Place, in the heart of Edinburgh, marketing it as Edinburgh Gin, while also retailing a number of Edinburgh Gin-based liqueurs.

Spencerfield Spirit Company History

Prior to setting up Spencerfield Spirits in 2005, Alex Nicol held executive directorships with several drinks companies, including Scottish and Newcastle, Whyte and Mackay, Glenmorangie, Beefeater Gin, Laphroaig and Cadbury Schweppes. Wife Jane ran her own events and project management consultancy.

Spencerfield began trading with the Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose whisky brands, acquired from Whyte & Mackay. Both had originally been developed by MJ Dowdeswell & Co in Oldbury on Severn, near Bristol. Sheep Dip was first produced in 1974, followed three years later by Pig’s Nose.

The Feathery blended malt was added to the line-up early in 2014, while the Edinburgh Gin Distillery and its Heads & Tails Gin Bar opened later the same year.

In September 2016 Spencerfield Spirit Company was sold to Ian Macleod Distillers for an undisclosed sum. The brands and both Edinburgh distilleries transferred to the owner of Tamdhu and Glengoyne, while Spencerfield Spirits itself was wound up.


Spencerfield Spirit Company
Spencerfield Farm House
KY11 9LA
United Kingdom
+44 1383 412144

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