A planning application has been submitted to establish a £10 million craft Scotch Whisky distillery and visitor centre on the banks of the River Clyde – the first distillery in the centre of Glasgow in over 100 years.
The application lays out plans for the transformation of the iconic “pump house” building, which sits between the Riverside Museum and the new Hydro arena. The plans include an interactive and education-focused visitor attraction and small batch single malt Scotch Whisky distillery complete with bar, café, tasting rooms and retail outlet.
The project, supported by Scottish Enterprise, has been developed by a small group of industry experts, led by Tim Morrison – formerly of Morrison Bowmore Distillers and current proprietor of the AD Rattray Scotch Whisky Company.
Tim Morrison said the development, which aims to educate visitors about the history of Scotland’s national drink and its production, will play a key role in regenerating the Clydeside area. During the building and construction phase, it will support up to 300 jobs, and once complete, the distillery and visitor experience will employ up to 25 permanent members of staff.
Subject to planning approval, work on the first phase of the project – the distillery building, interactive visitor centre and café – is due to get underway with immediate effect. The second phase – which will see the fitting of the distillery equipment and stills – will be complete by mid-2015.
Commenting on the planning application, Tim Morrison said: “We see this project as having huge potential – not only for Glasgow, but for the tourism industry, the Scotch Whisky trade and the whole Scottish economy. Our vision for the new distillery and educational visitor centre is that it becomes a part of Glasgow’s busy tourist trail – we anticipate it will attract more than 50,000 visitors each year.
“We’ve had a great deal of support for this project so far – from local businesses, the public sector and those within the industry, and we have taken the next important step in helping to make this project a reality by submitting a full planning application to Glasgow City Council for consideration.
Tim Morrison added that the team could not have chosen a more appropriate site for this development as the pump house played a historically significant role in the Scotch Whisky trade on the Clyde.
“In the past, this building controlled the entry gate into the Queens dock, ensuring customs and excise could keep a close eye on goods in and out, including Scotch Whisky, so we are proud to bringing it back to similar good use”, he explained.
MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White said:
“Having met and discussed these proposals with a delegation representing the proposed ‘pump house’ development, I was extremely impressed with the plans and enthusiasm shown. I truly believe this is a fantastic opportunity to re-establish Glasgow’s historic whisky heritage. Not only this but it will also greatly improve the regeneration of this area of Kelvin, while also benefitting the whole of Glasgow through increased tourism as well as a much welcomed influx of both construction and service industry jobs.”
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Maxxium UK is hosting an exclusive event to immerse bartenders in its handcrafted, super premium bourbon Maker’s Mark. The masterclass is a celebration of this iconic bourbon and focuses on the precious liquid inside the bottle that so many have come to love.
The event marks the launch of a nationwide on-trade initiative, which will seek out all manner of treasures across the industry, with Maker’s Mark at the heart of the campaign.
The event will be led by Amanda Humphrey of mixxit, Maxxium UK’s expert training team. Amanda, alongside well-known bartenders who bring their own unique style to the brand—Chris Lacey of Rules, Rusty Cerven of The Connaught and Mario La Pietra from The Luggage Room—will showcase special Maker’s Mark cocktails made with other fine and rare ingredients.
The audience will have the opportunity to discover first-hand these prized cocktails and also to learn from the best in the business about why Maker’s Mark is special to them. In addition, attendees will be able to hand-dip their own Maker’s Mark bottle, recreating the signature red wax seal that has given this bourbon its own unique look since 1958.
The invite-only masterclass will take place at London’s Luggage Room, an intimate cocktail bar located in Grosvenor Square on Wednesday 6 November.
Maxxium UK’s marketing controller for Imported Whiskey, Eileen Livingston says: “Maker’s Mark is increasingly sought after, particularly as the bourbon category has grown so strongly in recent years. It now has a unique place in the hearts of bartenders who take pride in their bourbon of choice. This masterclass will celebrate Maker’s Mark and its place on the backbar, reinforcing our commitment to keeping supply to the on-trade strong in the coming years.”
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In a collaboration between three masters of their crafts, The Macallan has unveiled a limited edition luxury decanter, M. Partnering with renowned creative director Fabien Baron and crystal makers Lalique, The Macallan has created a beautifully designed and meticulously crafted crystal decanter containing precious and complex Macallan single malt whisky.
Just 1,750 crystal decanters of M, each engraved with its own individual number, are available worldwide. M’s whisky draws upon The Macallan’s classic full flavoured tradition with notes of abundant dried fruits, spices and orange citrus. With a rich natural colour, complexity and sumptuous intensity, the single malt is laden with character absorbed from the Spanish sherry oak casks that nurture it through the maturation process.
David Cox, Director of Fine and Rare, The Macallan, comments: “The coming together of three such masters has resulted in a truly beautiful creation, which specifically showcases the vital influence of The Macallan’s exceptional sherry seasoned oak casks and the craft of the Whisky Maker. The natural colour of M is stunning. A single malt of the most exquisite complexity and character, M will set a new standard in the world of decanters to become the iconic representation of The Macallan.”
Capturing the expressive aesthetic of Fabien Baron’s illustrious creative vision, M’s tall, slim dimensions and geometric form challenge the perceptions of traditional decanter design. Its sharp, angular facets gave inspiration to the name M itself, selected by Baron as a typographic representation of the decanter’s striking design.
Its six striking facets are Baron’s homage to The Macallan’s heritage, reflecting the six pillars at the heart of its ethos: The Spiritual Home – the breathtaking 390-acre Macallan Speyside estate where M was created; the distillery’s Curiously Small Stills, whose unique shape gives the spirit its fruity, rich character; The Finest Cut, the 16% of the new make spirit, the smallest figure in the industry, selected for maturation; Exceptional Oak Casks, acquired and cared for without thought to the cost, imparting its distinctive characteristics and flavour; Natural Colour created purely through the interaction between spirit and wood; and The Peerless Spirit, marking The Macallan’s unsurpassed place in the hearts of the world’s most discerning whisky drinkers.
Lalique has drawn on 150 years of crystal making, and its long standing relationship with The Macallan, to present M with flawless clarity. Fashioned in highest grade crystal, each hand crafted decanter unites proven tradition with striking originality.
Silvio Denz, President and CEO of Lalique, comments: “We have been delighted to have worked with our friends and long-time partners, The Macallan – with whom we have collaborated since 2004 – to realise this exquisite piece. The decanter styling is utterly unique in the world of decanters, and our masters of crystal have relished applying their most complex skills to this project to bring it to life.”
Fabien Baron, Founder and Creative Director of Baron & Baron comments: “I love the craftsmanship and purity of The Macallan. It’s rare to find that level of quality today.”
M is available at specialist whisky retailers in the UK from October, RRP £3000.
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