Whisky Magazine Issue 26
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At last this year's worst kept secret in whisky can be revealed. Andrew Symington has purchased Edradour Distillery from Chivas Brothers. The major frustration of publishing is that of schedules and deadlines. At the risk of sounding smug, Whisky Magazine was closer to this deal than
anyone else (as you would expect). However, as I was sworn to secrecy by Andrew until after the official announcement on July 23rd, we could not report on this (other than the conjecture in my column in Issue 25) in full until now. Thus, despite having known about the negotiations for some four months and in some detail, Whisky Magazine has the dubious accolade of possibly being the last place you'll read the ‘news'!
I asked Andrew about life as a distiller. “It's a great feeling. It's exciting to watch the stills and the spirit gushing down.” Unfortunately for Andrew, it's not just the spirit that has been gushing down. Having bought the distillery for £5.4m, exactly two weeks later he was surveying some £400,000 worth of flood damage. A raging torrent of water has washed away the car park and destroyed the garden. The distillery was closed from August 6th to August 14th, in effect losing income from tourists in the busiest part of the year. How's that for bad luck? But the distillery is open again now and the car park is back in place.
It is no secret that Andrew has for some time wanted to buy a distillery. And he has come close on several occasions. For the purchase of Edradour, di...