Whisky Production Returns to its Spiritual Home
06-10-2017 By Nokulunga Msibi

A distillery has been opened at the earliest recorded site of whisky production in Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife.

The earliest written reference of whisky production in Scotland is a receipt paid for eight bolls of malt to make aqua vitae for King James IV. Frair Jon Cor paid this duty at the Abbey next to River Tay founded in 1191. The monks at the abbey had been making whisky here as early as 1494.

Lindores Abbey distllery's launch takes place more than 500 years after the first written reference of whisky production. Custodian of Lindores Abbey, Drew McKenzie Smith said that opening Lindores Abbey Distillery is a special day.

"The late, great whisky writer Michael Jackson wrote of Lindores Abbey that 'for the whisky lover, it is a pilgrimage' so we are honoured today to share our vision for the future and the award-winning Lindores Abbey single malt whisky which will safeguard this tranquil site of historic significance for generations to come." Smith added.

The distillery was opened on the 5th of October and aims to start production this month using 100% Fife barley. The distillery manager is Gary Haggart.