Scotland will soon have its first single site whisky distillery and brewery at a site bordering the River Eden close to St Andrews.
The award winning Eden Brewery has secured planning permission for further developing its premises at the former paper mill at Guardbridge.
The privately funded distillery –to be called Eden.Mill –will produce a new single malt whisky, supplemented by a range of gins that will use botanicals grown locally in the St Andrews Botanic Gardens and surrounding parts of Fife.
The brewery has gone from strength thanks to the vision of Paul Miller, whose acclaimed range of craft and artisan beers is now stocked all over the country.
The Eden Brewery was the first to brew in the St Andrews area in over 100 years when it set up almost two years ago. Now it is set to break new ground and create eleven more jobs over the next two years, taking the total number of employees to 20.
Construction is set to get under way on Eden.Mill in an extension of the Eden Brewery site, where there is already a rich history of both brewing and distilling dating back to 1810.
‘The Seggie’ distillery and brewery, as it was called back then, was owned by the famous Haig family whose brand subsequently became part of Diageo.
The site became a paper mill for over 120 years and after being derelict for a few years it is now owned by St Andrews University who recently announced their plans to develop it. These plans include a biomass plant to support their sustainability objectives.
Now it is hoped It is hoped the first batch of Eden.Mill single malt whisky can distilled in mid- September, and co-owner Paul Miller expressed his delight over the venture.
“Support and recognition from drinkers of our beer range has been fantastic and we are hugely excited to be creating a wee bit of history with the distillery.
“St Andrews is a special place and our distilling team will aim to reflect this with the unique small batch whiskies they will craft.
“Customers really do seem to value the authentic production values and integrity and transparency in what we do with our beers.
“We hope those who visit us at ‘The Mill’ will see more of this, as we share the art and science of ‘spirits making’ in the 21st century.”
Paul added that the Eden.Mill team has worked with a range of experts throughout the industry and their distillers have a clear ‘style’ identified for their core single malt.
They do however intend using a range of wood types and in particular cask sizes ( ranging from sherry butts to octaves) to allow the consumer a wider choice and range of whisky experiences.
This will include some blends of other top category single malts, which will be enhanced by maturation or ‘finishing’ in casks at the distillery.
Paul said that although it will essentially be about single malt whisky, the distillery will also produce a range of gins which will epitomise the award winning ‘sustainable’ and local ethos of the brewery.
The Eden Gins and other ‘alternative spirits’ will be batch produced and authentically distilled. They will use a significant number of local botanicals grown in the renowned St Andrews Botanic Gardens, which has been supportive in recipe development.
“We believe that there is a real opportunity to engage and educate visitors to the town about the exciting and growing gin category as a whole.
“The distilling and compounding of genuine and authentic craft gin in Scotland is something customers want to know more about. We hope to help demystify this area and give them a good time too.
“This is an exciting time for malt whisky drinkers in the north of Fife with Kingsbarns Distillery set to offer something special when it opens and Daftmill distillery due to release their first whisky soon.
“Hopefully whisky can add to the many reasons for visitors to come to this great part of the country”, said Paul.