Glasgow distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The spirit produced by Glasgow distillery’s two copper pot stills is light and fruity, and following maturation in ex-Bourbon casks will result in a whisky typical of a Speyside distillery. However, with no precedent of a typical Glaswegian whisky style to work from, the distillery’s founders are keen to forge their own ‘metropolitan’ style. The team are already distilling both peated and unpeated malt, and experimenting with laying whisky down for full maturation in ex-Port and Sauternes casks.  

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  • Region
    Lowland
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Glasgow History

Glasgow was once a city with a vibrant distilling trade, but by the 21st century all but one distillery (Strathclyde, which produces grain whisky) remained.

In 2012 the Glasgow Distillery Company was formed to bring malt whisky distilling back to the city for the first time in 37 years, following the closure of Kinclaith distillery, situated within Strathclyde’s walls, in 1975.

By the following year the group leased a site at Glasgow’s Hillington Business Park in and initially kitted it out with a single still to kickstart production of its Makar Gin immediately. The brand was launched in late 2014 and is now exported to several overseas markets in Europe and the US.

Malt whisky production began in spring 2015 under the guidance of former Macallan distillery manager David Robertson, but won’t be released for sale until at least 2018.

Glasgow Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    0.1
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    72 hours
  • Filling Strength i
    63.40%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    1.1
  • Heat Source i
    Steam
  • Malt Specification i
    Peated and unpeated
  • Malt Supplier i
    Various
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Lauter
  • New-make Strength i
    68%
  • Single Malt Percentage i
    100%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    1,400
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Boiling ball, descending lyne arm
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    1,400
  • Stills i
    2
  • Warehousing i
    On-site
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    2,400
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Boiling ball, descending lyne arm
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    2,400
  • Washback Charge (l) i
    4,800
  • Washback Size (l) i
    5,600
  • Washback Type i
    SS304
  • Washbacks i
    4
  • Water Source i
    Loch Katrine
  • Wort Clarity i
    Clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Various

Owner

Current owner

Contact

Address
Hillington Business Park
1 Ainslie Rd
Glasgow
G52 4RU
United Kingdom
Website
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Email
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Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

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  • Clydeside Clydeside Clydeside Distillery

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    The new addition to Glasgow’s distilling revival is a blend of tradition and originality.

  • Auchentoshan Auchentoshan Auchentoshan Distillery & brand

    Auchentoshan

    Lowlands malt distillery that exclusively triple distils its spirit.

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