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Issue 40 - Smallbutperfectlyformed?

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004

 

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Smallbutperfectlyformed?

Recentissueshavereportedontwomicrodistilleryprojectsbeinglaunchedthisyear.OnthispageTerryWilliamswritesabouttheLochEweDistilleryatDrumchorkLodge,WesterRoss

Theirlicencetorunasmall,privatedistillerygivesFrancesOatesandJohnClotworthyseveralmoresuperlativestoaddtoTheDrumchork'sexistinglist:Topmaltwhiskybaroftheyearin2001,oneofthelargestcollectionsofmaltwhiskiesintheworld,andthemostnortherlycollectionofsinglemaltsontheScottishmainland.

Nowtheycanaddtheonlylicensed‘illicit'stillinScotland,thefirsteverlicenseddistilleryonthenorth-westcoast,andthefirsttimeanywhiskyhasbeendistilled,maturedandalsobottledonLochEwe.Althoughatonetimethelocalitywaswell-populatedwithwhiskystills,noneofthemwereofficiallyapproved.

TheplanatTheDrumchorkistoreplaceaderelictoutbuildingwitha‘cottagedistillery',withvisitorcentre,illicitstill,whisky-tastingroom,viewers'gallery,exhibitionandbondedwarehouse.

Afour-to-fiveday‘package'willallowvisitorstoexperienceaspectsofatraditionalHighlandwayoflife–peatcutting,creelfishing,whiskytastingandmake-your-ownwhiskyunderJohn'ssupervision,usingthestillandworkingtoawell-guardedlocaltraditionalrecipe.

Attheendoftheweekparticipantswillcasktheirownspiritandsigntheendofthecask.Theninfiveyears'timetheywillbeinvitedtoattendthebottlingof‘their'maturewhisky.

“Uptosixnewjobsareanticipated.Inacommunityofaround300peoplescatteredoversixsquaremiles,”saysFrances,“thisrepresentsasignificantboosttothelocaleconomy,asdoestheanticipatedincreaseinvisitorstothearea.”

WorkhasprogressedrelativelyquicklyanditishopedthedistillerywillbefunctionalbyOctober,withcoursesstartingfromEaster2005.

TheLochEwesinglemaltwillbesoldonlythrou...

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