Media release: GlenWyvis Distillery ‘ginstillation’ plans take shape as gin production moves to Dingwall

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GLENWYVIS has confirmed its order for gin distillation equipment, with Forsyths of Rothes, as the 100 per cent community-owned distillery completes its plans to bring both gin and whisky production to Dingwall.

With the first run of new make spirit planned for later this year, and gin distillation soon to follow in 2018, GlenWyvis is set to be one of a select few dual whisky and gin producers in Scotland – and the only one on the popular North Coast 500 route.

With less than ten dual producers operating throughout Scotland, this announcement provides a further marketing boost for GlenWyvis as it seeks to offer something truly innovative and different in the burgeoning Scottish drinks market.

This exciting pre-festive ‘ginstillation’ news comes on the back of the appointment of the very first GlenWyvis distillery manager, Duncan Tait, who joins next month as the distillery ramps up activity ahead of its official opening in November.

David O’Connor, chair of the distillery board, said: “We are extremely grateful to our partners at the Shetland Distillery for supporting us through the start-up phase and helping to establish our gin brand in the market.

“However, moving gin production to Dingwall is something that our members requested when we sought their views earlier this year.

“In fact, it is one of the drivers behind our second open share offer, and with strong continued investment, we’ve opted to place the order for the gin still now, so we can commence dual production in 2018.”

John McKenzie, founder and managing director, added: “We’ve seen a steady rise in the popularity of GlenWyvis Gin over the past two years at numerous events, through bar and retail sales, and this has been bolstered by positive online sales.

“Nearly 100 retailers now stock our gin and outlets such as The Storehouse and Carnegie Whisky Cellars have helped build good local demand. We’ve also made our gin available in robust, branded GlenWyvis tubes – and this is proving very popular in the gifting market.

“Gin sales will remain a core income stream for us, as we seek to build the foundations for a long-term whisky distilling operation. We will soon advertise for a business development manager to help us push into new markets, and at the same time we’re looking at a number of product innovations to make our gin offer even more compelling – including establishing our own botanical garden on site here at the distillery.”

Meanwhile, GlenWyvis continues to reap national and international recognition with a number of film crews visiting the distillery this week, following on from a recent episode of BBC Landward that featured GlenWyvis from land and air.

A further surge of investment also continues as new members seek to secure part-ownership of a Scottish gin and whisky distillery.

The total for the second open share offer now sits at just under £275,000 with more exciting crowd-funding news coming soon!


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Notes to editors:

GlenWyvis Gin

GlenWyvis Gin is made from nine premium botanicals including locally-picked hawthorn. It has a crisp full-bodied taste with distinct hints of citrus coming through, with spices at the back of the palate. The distillery team is currently working on a number of product innovations to support the move of gin distilling to Dingwall.

Duncan Tait, distillery manager, biography – newly-appointed to GlenWyvis

Duncan has worked for Diageo across all aspects of distillery and distilling management with an impressive track-record over 26 years in the industry. Working mainly in Speyside – but also with distillery experience in the Lothians and on the west coast – he is moving from his current role as distillery manager at Mortlach Distillery.

He brings with him an impressive knowledge of all aspects of distillery, production development and retail management including overseeing the upgrade and expansion work of numerous distilleries. In addition, he has a wealth of Scottish tourism, event management and heritage experience and has worked with many international visitors and markets.

Second Share offer investment

GlenWyvis already had some 2,600 members who invested £2.6 million in the original share offer in 2016. The second open share offer has brought that total to over 3,000 members – with almost 500 new members investing just under £275,000 in less than three months.

The share issue was launched to capitalise on continued investment interest from locals and visitors alike. The minimum investment is £250, and supporters are also able pay extra to have their name added to the distillery wall or the ‘path to the stills’.

The GlenWyvis Distillery, which is entirely powered by green energy, is nearing completion at the Heights of Dochcarty by Dingwall and is on-schedule to open next month. As a Community Benefit Society, the aim is to take a lead role in the rejuvenation of Dingwall and the wider community.

Full details of the open share offer are on the GlenWyvis Distillery website at

Investment can be made online via or

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