Lindores Abbey Distillery

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The Distillery at Lindores Abbey
Distillery history

The Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky

Distilling was taking place on this site at least as early as 1494, although it was most probably happening long before that.

We know this because of the earliest written reference to Scotch Whisky (or Aqua Vitae, as it was then known), which appears in the Exchequer Roll of the same year. It mentioned a Brother John Cor, a Lindores monk, who was commissioned by King James IV to turn 8 bolls of malt into Aqua Vitae.

8 Bolls of malt amounts to around 500kg in modern terms and would have been enough to make about 400 bottles of today’s whisky.

In 2017, spirit started flowing once again from copper stills at Lindores Abbey Distillery.

Learning as much as we can from the great Scottish distillers around us, past and present, and from others much further afield, we are looking forward to bringing a very modern whisky-making approach to this ancient site.


Our Story

Whisky Making

The water for our whisky comes from a borehole near the distillery, in order that we can draw from the same supply used in 1494.  The barley is grown in Fife, malted and then mashed in a conventional, semi-lauter tun supplied by renowned distillery fabricators, Forsyths of Rothes.

Fermentation is happening in traditional wooden washbacks, supplied by Joseph Brown of Dufftown.

We have three Forsyths copper pot stills, one large wash still and two smaller spirit stills, which allows greater copper contact in the final distillation, creating a clean and delicate flavour in the spirit.

Cask Ownership


We are sourcing an unusual range of casks to contribute to the rich, complex and smooth whisky we hope to produce.


Caring for the environment is very important to us, which is why we are going so far in our plans to reinstate the ancient gardens and orchards around the distillery.

Our Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be made with the finest locally grown Fife barley, influenced by the yearly farming cycles and natural rhythms of the land.

Local barley
lindores abbey distillery casks

Cask Ownership

After a break of over 523 years, we began filling our various casks in December 2017.

We are now delighted to offer individuals the chance to purchase a cask from our first full year of production filled with Lindores spirit, this offer is strictly limited to 4% of annual spirit production.

In 2018 we started the year with 6,000 bulk litres to cask and now have just 1,600 litres left, so get in touch if you would like to reserve your piece of scotch whisky history!


While we wait for our Whisky

Our first bottled release of Aqua Vitae  is a tribute to the origins of Scotch as we know it today. The earliest ‘aqua vitae’ that was made at Lindores Abbey as long ago as 1494.  Thought to have helped to ‘sloeth age’ and ‘abandoneth melancholy’, it was a powerful tonic that was drunk by kings and commoners alike.

Today, our Aqua Vitae is distilled in pot stills and then infused with a blend of spices and herbs, including cleavers, lemon verbena, douglas fir and sweet cicely, which all grow in our gardens, amidst the grounds of the ancient Abbey.

Entirely natural, with no added sugars.

Aqua Vitae - unique father's day gift
Lindores Abbey Distillery

Distillery Tours

You can come and take a tour of our Distillery and find out what goes into producing whisky.

Once you’ve learned the ins and outs of distilling, you’ll be able to try two delicious drams for yourself. With the help of our expert guides you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Learn about how after a  break of 523 years, we are once again bringing whisky production back to the spiritual home of scotch whisky.

Distillery Tours

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