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New distillery on the way for Grantown-on-Spey

Published 11th October 2019

A new whisky distillery is to be built on the banks of the River Spey at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority granted approval for the design at a meeting held today (11th October 2019).

The company behind the new distillery are the family owned Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd, who trade as Gordon & MacPhail. The business has built an unrivalled knowledge and expertise in Scotch Whisky over almost 125 years and owns Benromach distillery near Forres.

They first unveiled their plans last year and were overwhelmed by the positive response from the local community.

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director, said:

“We’re delighted to have received approval for our plans and we hope to get started very quickly, potentially this year. We’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community here. We’ve attended quite a few local events over the last year and been really heartened by the warm welcome we have received.

“As a family-owned business located in the north of Scotland we are very much rooted in our communities and we are keen to develop strong relationships in Grantown-on-Spey and the surrounding area.”

The eye-catching modern design includes the distillery and warehousing, as well as tasting rooms, a visitor centre with retail space and a coffee shop.

The building has been designed to take full advantage of the outstanding views across the River Spey to the Cairngorms.

The circular nature of the building will disguise much of the day to day working area within the service yard and sedum roofs will allow the buildings to blend into the surrounding environment.

Gordon & MacPhail is a family owned business which has built its knowledge and experience of the Scotch whisky industry over a 124-year history. In 1993, they acquired Benromach Distillery and reopened it, after extensive refurbishment, in 1998.

They aim to build on the success of Benromach, with the second distillery forming an important part of the company’s ambitious plans for growth.