SCOTLAND’S FIRST COMMUNITY DISTILLERY

A move to establish Scotland’s first community whisky distillery in Dingwall is a fascinating challenge, says Findo’s Mousetrap author and whisky connoisseur, Graham Paskett.

He says that the challenge is more likely to be the quality of the finished product rather than the source of the funding. The Glen Wyvis Community Benefit Society has been launched to raise money for the distillery and local people are being encouraged to invest.

Paskett recently visited a new distillery at Ballindalloch on Speyside, part of the local estate. It is very close to the Glenfarclas Distillery which produces the 17-year old single malt that is the favourite dram of Sir Findo Gask and Andrew McCubbin, the two central characters in Paskett’s novel. Paskett too is very fond of this exquisite drink.

“I know Dingwall,” he says. “It has a well-known haggis producer, George Cockburn, and if the Glen Wyvis is as good as the haggis the investors will be on to a winner. The problem with whisky is the time it takes from production to it being ready to drink.”

You can watch Graham’s video about how he created the world’s rarest whisky here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKIjTTEO8cA

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