Lindores Abbey Distillery is delighted to announce that it has reached the final stages of the Rural Business Awards 2018 and is shortlisted in the North’s Best Rural Drink Business category. This is the first award that the distillery has been entered for, and to reach the final is unexpected and highly exciting.
The distillery is one of 5 finalists, which include breweries in Yorkshire and Lancashire, a distillery in Cumbria and a cider producer from Dumfriesshire.
Drew McKenzie Smith, MD and Founder of the distillery commented: ‘When we entered the competition, we never dreamed of making it this far! We are a very new establishment and are absolutely thrilled to have made the final 5. It is very exciting to be acknowledged for the good that the distillery is doing for the local area – we are currently the largest employer in Newburgh and want to showcase the unique benefits that rural businesses can bring to communities.’
Rural Business Awards
The awards recognise the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the British countryside, as well as celebrating the achievements of rural businesses across the country. The Rural Business awards are one of the most respected awards for rural businesses such as the distillery.
The final decision will be announced on Tuesday 9 October at the Last Drop Village in Bolton.
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About Lindores Abbey Distillery
- Lindores Abbey was founded in 1191 by David Earl of Huntingdon, on land overlooking the River Tay, given to him by his brother King William I. It was visited by Kings and Queens, warriors and statesmen. William Wallace took refuge with 300 of his men after their victory over the English.
- Built directly on the site of the Lindores dairy farm steading Drew McKenzie Smith’s great grandfather bought in 1913, the Lindores Abbey Distillery and Visitor Centre has been crafted from original Abbey stone and opened in 2017. It features an illustrated history of the Tironensian monks who founded the Abbey. The records, artefacts and scriptures of their time at Lindores are displayed within the stunning new Cloister at the venue, which also serves as a unique event and private dining space which can seat 60 guests at its stately 52 foot oak table.
- Distilling started at the Distillery in 2017 after a break of 523 years. 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.
- You can take a Distillery Tour of the whole site, including a taste of our Aqua Vitae and a couple of drams, as you learn all about the history of this site and the processes involved in distilling the water of life..
- The Lindores Abbey ruins, where William Wallace rested after the Battle of Black Earnside in 1298, and the burial site of the first Duke of Rothesay, is a place of exceptional tranquility and beauty, and is open to the public by appointment.
- Memberships of the Lindores Abbey Distillery Preservation Society start at £60 and include a bottle of our first bottling, Aqua Vitae.
- Lindores Abbey has single malt casks for limited private ownership each year.
- For updates on life at Lindores Abbey Distillery, visit our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.