River Ness to energy Inverness’s first whisky distillery in practically 40 years
Will probably be known as Uilebheist, which is Gaelic for “monster”.
The entrepreneur behind it, north hotelier Jon Erasmus, mentioned the “brewstillery” would assist to “elevate the bar” for tourism within the Highland capital, whereas creating about 40 jobs.
A £6 million whisky distillery and brewery within the coronary heart of Inverness is predicted to up and operating earlier than the top of 2022.
Positioned at Glen Mhor Lodge, on Ness Financial institution, the brand new growth is now on the fit-out stage and can quickly turn out to be dwelling to the primary operational whisky distillery in Inverness for practically 40 years.
On the beer-making facet, it’s hoped the brewery’s 5 core types can be available for purchase in late November.
The distillery is on monitor to be one of many lowest carbon whisky manufacturing websites in Scotland.
Onsite warmth pumps in an adjoining “sustainability centre” can be powered by water from the River Ness.
Warmth and scorching water produced can be used within the manufacturing facility and all through the Glen Mhor resort advanced in a course of anticipated to be the primary of its variety on this nation.
The distillery and brewery can be led by Bruce Smith, who boasts a masters diploma in brewing and distilling from Heriot-Watt College, in Edinburgh, and has spent the previous decade working within the craft beer trade, ageing merchandise in ex-whisky barrels.
A single malt named Uilebheist can be developed because the core whisky and launched as soon as matured, with uncommon cask finishes and single cask bottlings rising within the years forward.
The brand new distillery will make obtainable 100 casks of single malt from the primary 12 months of manufacturing, with consumers in a position to buy them on a first-come, first-served foundation.
Plans for the “customer expertise” embrace website excursions, beer and whisky sampling, manufacturing grasp lessons, mixing workshops and meals pairing menus.
Scottish myths and legends are a key theme of the general challenge and Mr Erasmus mentioned these can be used for storytelling round Uilebheist’s merchandise as soon as the positioning is open to guests.
He added: “We wished to create one thing distinctive to the realm, with the distillery and brewery each powered by the well-known River Ness.
“All water used within the processes can even be sourced from the river, that means that whenever you drink Uilebheist’s liquid, you actually are tasting the Highlands.