Work has begun on a new vertical £12 million Scotch whisky distillery which will rise 40 metres above the quayside a stone’s throw from the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Due to open in 2022, The Port of Leith Distillery will feature a top floor double height whisky bar, with views to Edinburgh Castle, two copper stills and the capacity to produce up to million bottles of single malt a year.
The project is the brainchild of boyhood friends and distillery co-founders Patrick Fletcher and Ian Stirling.
The £12 million project is funded by a range of international private investors and whisky fans, including two unnamed drinks industry CEOs, and is being built by specialist Scottish firms including constructors Colorado Group (which built Raasay and Kingsbarns distilleries) and process engineers Allen Associates.
The mash tuns and tanks will be by LH Stainless, whilst the copper stills are already being hand-crafted by the Speyside Copper Works in Elgin.
“Our ambition is to create an outstanding new style of Scotch using a modern approach, based on years of research we have already undertaken – and building on the remarkable heritage of the historic whisky district of Leith,” said Mr Stirling.