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Issue 118 - A Rich Heritage

Whisky Magazine Issue 118
March 2014

 

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A Rich Heritage

Small and perfectly formed, we visit the new Perthshire distillery

Perthshire's long heritage of small-scale, originally farmbased distilleries continues in the guise of the muchvisited Edradour, near Pitlochry. But now Edradour has a new competitor in the shape of Strathearn distillery, situated between Perth and Crieff. Not only is Strathearn significantly smaller than Edradour – long touted as ‘Scotland's smallest distillery' – but it is also based on a working farm.

Strathearn is the creation of David Lang and Tony Reeman-Clark who have sunk their life savings and a bank loan into the venture. Both boast backgrounds in engineering and project management, with Lang having worked for United Distillers & Vintners (UDV), now absorbed into Diageo, while Reeman-Clark was one of the founders of the Border Brewery Company in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The notion of starting their own distillery was first mooted while the two men were attending Edinburgh's Whisky Fringe a few years ago, and as David Lang explains: “We didn't want an anonymous modern building, but something with history and character.

We discovered Bachilton Farm Steading near Methven in Perthshire while Tony was taking part in an event at the neighbouring Blue Sky Experience, which specialises in team-building events. The buildings were derelict when we first leased them, and we have worked and created three units, the office, a store-cum-bonded warehouse, and the actual stillhouse.

“We began work in late March last year, and spent eight months renovating the buildings and...

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