Scotland-based Ardgowan Distillery has revealed plans for a new £12 million distillery located at the Ardgowan Estate near Glasgow.
The planned distillery will have an estiamted production capacity of 1 million litres of whisky a year, and will include two copper stills and six timber-clad washbacks.
Ardgowan claims the production capacity of the site could be doubled in future, as the company plans to add two further stills, plus washbacks.
Construction of the new facility is scheduled to start next year, and Ardgowan estimates that the facility should become operational in 2020.
Distillery chief executive Martin McAdam said: “This is a state-of-the-art, modern distillery which not only looks fantastic, but will reduce our environmental impact wherever possible.
“Our architects have worked closely with civil engineers Blyth & Blyth and process designers Briggs of Burton to create a striking distillery which fits well in the landscape and uses heat recovery and closed loop cooling to reduce energy use and water consumption, whilst the extensive use of glass means visitors will get a clear view of the bright airy interior.”
The plans come just a month after Ardgowan released its first whisky, Ardgowan Expedition, a 20-year-aged, 46% ABV whisky blend which has been taken to the South Pole.
Ardgowan claims that it will release further limited-edition whiskys next year, which will be “‘indicative’ of Ardgowan Distillery’s future output.”
“Ardgowan Expedition is a real collector’s item. It has been blended by our Chairman Willie Phillips and comprises single barrels from upper Speyside and the northern Highlands, married together in sherry casks. It is something quite special.”
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