Eden Mill distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Eden Mill leans heavily on its heritage as a brewer when it comes to defining the style of its single malt Scotch whisky by choosing malts inherent to beer in its mash: pale malt, chocolate malt and crystal malt. While many claim barley varieties have little impact on a whisky’s flavour, Eden Mill is adamant the difference in the new make is quite discernable.

  • Region
    Lowland
  • Production type
    Unaged spirits
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Eden Mill History

The famous Haig family first founded a distillery at Guardbridge, Fife, in 1810. William Haig, the father of John Haig who founded Cameronbridge, built Seggie Distillery in the village’s Main Street. The distillery remained in operation until 1860, when the Haigs, who were doing a roaring trade with Cameronbridge grain distillery, envisaged a better use for the facility as a paper mill. After 50 years in operation, distilling ceased at Seggie and the site was reopened as the Guard Bridge Paper Mill. At the height of its operation in the 1950s, the paper mill employed some 600 people from the surrounding area and had become a key business in Fife.

In 1967 Curtis Fine Papers became owner of the mill after merging with Guard Bridge Power. The site continued to operate as a paper mill until 2008 when Curtis Fine Papers went into administration, making 180 people redundant.

The site lay empty and disused for two years before it was eventually bought by St Andrews University, which had a view to create a biomass facility that would power new businesses situated on-site.

In 2012 Fife businessman Paul Miller opened Eden Brewery at the site, and after installing an artisan still began producing hopped gin and single malt whisky in 2014. Rebranded as Eden Mill, the site has become the first combined brewery-distillery in Scotland.

The distillery has committed to keeping its whisky output small, filling just eight barrels per week. Eventually its whisky will be available in three different styles: pale malt, chocolate malt and crystal malt, all of which are matured in a variety of cask types. While it waits for the malt spirit to mature, Eden Mill is offering 500ml bottles of its liquid at one and two years old. A select number of bespoke private casks are also available.

Timeline

  • 1810 Seggie Distillery founded by William Haig at Guardbridge, Fife
  • 1845 The Haigs install a Coffey still, turning the distillery to grain production
  • 1860 The distillery remained in the Haig family until it was permanently closed after just 50 years in operation
  • 1873 The Haigs convert the distillery into the Guardbridge Paper Mill
  • 2008 The paper mill, now owned by Curtis Fine Papers, goes into receivership and is acquired by St Andrew’s University two years later
  • 2012 Eden Brewery St. Andrews opens
  • 2014 Rebranded as Eden Mill, the site also begins distilling whisky and gin

Eden Mill Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    0.06
  • Fermentation Time i
    3-4 days
  • Filling Strength i
    63.5% Hogshead; 58% Octaves
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    0.9
  • Heat Source i
    Steam
  • Malt Specification i
    Golden Promise
  • Malt Supplier i
    Simpsons
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Toscana combi mash/lauter tun
  • New-make Strength i
    69-71%
  • Single Malt Percentage i
    100%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    850
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Alembic
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    1,000
  • Stills i
    3
  • Warehousing i
    On-site
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    800
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Alembic
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    1,000
  • Washback Charge (l) i
    17,400 and 5,800
  • Washback Type i
    Dished bottom and cylindro conical fermenter
  • Washbacks i
    2
  • Yeast Type i
    Nottingham Ale; DY502 Anchor Dry

Owner

Current owner

  • Paul Miller 2012 - present

Contact

Address
Eden Mill Distillery
Main Street
Guardbridge
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 0UU
United Kingdom
Website
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Phone
+44 1334 834 038
Visitor Opening Hours
Monday
10am to 5pm
Tuesday
10am to 5pm
Wednesday
10am to 5pm
Thursday
10am to 5pm
Friday
10am to 5pm
Saturday
10am to 5pm
Sunday
10am to 5pm

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See also

  • Berry Bros & Rudd Berry Bros & Rudd Berry Bros & Rudd Blender

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  • Leith Distillers Leith Distillers Leith Distillers Blender

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  • Longman Distillers Longman Distillers Longman Distillers Blender

    Longman Distillers

    Exporter of bulk blended whiskies to the US, Italy, Germany and the Far East.

  • Invergordon Distillers Invergordon Distillers Invergordon Distillers Distiller

    Invergordon Distillers

    Company behind the build of Invergordon grain distillery, and operation of six malt distilleries.

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