Stannergill Whisky New whisky distillery

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Caithness based distillers to open new whisky distillery

Dunnet Bay Distillers, the Caithness-based Scottish Distillery which has until now made only gin and vodka, has revealed details of its new whisky distillery. The brand name and identity Stannergill Whisky has been unveiled, so named as it reflects the place on the most northerly coast of the UK where the whisky is to be distilled.

Just like the sister brands, Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka, Stannergill Whisky will be made to sustainable principles such as working with local farmers to cultivate a specially commissioned heritage barley offering price stability to the farmers for this crop. The old Castletown Mill Pond is being relined and water diverted from the local burns, as it used to be, to supply cooling water and to help with wildlife in the area. Local sourcing will be used where possible. The distillery will be powered by green electricity.

Of course, to do this needs investment and there are three ways to get involved.

Pre-order a Cask of Whisky

Investors can pre-order a 250-litre cask of Stannergill Whisky for £4,750. These will be sold by the Whisky Hammer in a sale that goes live at 12 noon on 7th November 2022 GMT. With only 200 casks available, the sellers expect this international sale to attract buyers very quickly.

In future years, there will be a limited number of 200 litre casks sold at a higher price. Pre-ordered casks will be left to rest for up to 10 years in the cool, dunnage warehouse where the fresh sea air blowing from Dunnet Bay will contribute to the creation of a smooth, mellow spirit.

Join The 1818 Society

Stannergill Whisky is launching a virtual club. People can join The 1818 Society, reflecting the year the original Mill building was constructed. Price of individual membership £750.

‘The 1818’ – the first release of Stannergill Whisky – will be exclusively sent to 1818 Society members, bearing their personal membership number. The StoneScape artwork for this exclusive release has been designed by local artist, Lisa Poulson, using a stone from the mill building. As part of this package, members will also receive their choice of a beautiful brooch or pin, hand made using stone from the mill by local jewellery designer Lindsey Gallacher.

Raise the Roof – Sponsor a Roof Tile

Stannergill Whisky is to be created in a refurbished, historic 200-year-old building, Castletown Mill. This is a unique opportunity to raise the roof by sponsoring a slice of history. The cost of £40 per tile buys not only sponsorship of a roof tile but also a certificate and a beautiful commemorative Caithness flagstone designed in conjunction with local firm, Norse Stone. This makes for a perfect Christmas or Hogmanay gift. When the roof has been restored, buyers receive the co-ordinates of their tile.

Martin Murray, co-founder and co-director of Dunnet Bay Distillers, said: “We have long travelled past the beautiful but dilapidated mill with thoughts to one day being able to restore it. We even know one person, now in her 90s, who was born there. However, is has been disused for over 30 years. Our dream became reality when we took ownership of this iconic building and then attained planning permission to refurbish it as a destination distillery and visitor centre. The project will see a wonderful new-style Scottish whisky being launched after the distillery is commissioned in Summer 2024. The project will bring more jobs to the area.”

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