Whisky Magazine Issue 112
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Belfast is set to get its first new distillery since 1936
A new distillery and visitor centre planned for a historic Belfast gaol will be the first to be built in Belfast since the closure of Dunville and Co in the 1930s.
The Belfast Distillery Company (BDC) received planning permission from the local NI Assembly to build the distillery in A Wing of the old Crumlin Road jail.
The £4.8 million pound project, which could create up to 60 jobs, aims to be distilling malt whiskey by Nov 2013, using three 3,000 litre stills built by Forsyths in Scotland.
The BDC is expecting to have an annual capacity of 300,000 litres of new fill malt per year and will be maturing two thirds of this capacity every year. The remainder of the malt will be blended with grain new fill that will be sourcing elsewhere in Ireland on a long term contract basis.
The project is the brainchild of Belfast businessman and Lottery winner Peter Lavery, who has already produced brands such as Titanic Whiskey and Danny Boy.
New Indian whiskies
This month saw the announcement that John Distilleries, one of India's largest distillation companies is to release two brand new permanent expressions of their well-received single malt. John have become a household name in India thanks to their Original Choice whisky, a molasses-based Indian whisky, which sells in excess of 10 million cases a year and these new releases represent a substantial innovation for the company into the world of malt whiskies.