The Preservation Society at Lindores Abbey was set up with the mission of allowing Lindores Abbey to flourish again as a site of research, learning, brewing, distilling, horticulture, and beekeeping. By reviving so many of the ancient crafts and traditions that were practised here centuries ago, we hope to see the site of the Abbey returned to its former glory.
The Preservation Society
The Preservation Society is in part funded by donations from Memberships to help us preserve and continue the traditions that were established here more than 500 years ago. Over 100 years ago, the McKenzie Smith family bought the Abbey and farmed the local land. In 2017 the latest Custodian Drew McKenzie Smith, opened Lindores Abbey Distillery on farmland opposite the ruins, with the intention of restoring and preserving the Abbey and reinstating the heritage orchards and extensive gardens which were first introduced here by the Tironensian monks following their arrival in the 12th Century.
Distilling at the Abbey started once again in October of 2017, with both scotch whisky and Aqua Vitae being produced. You can now buy your own Lindores Abbey Whisky Cask and take up a very rare opportunity to own a piece of scotch whisky history. Not only could you secure yourself a personal supply of scotch whisky, a cask could also be a unique gift to mark a special occasion for an individual, business or organisation.
The ancient orchards are being re-planted and after an absence of over 500 years, in 2018 we introduced Bee’s back to Lindores Abbey with 6 hives being set up by the Holy Burn. Tim, our Apothecary, is always experimenting with many of the wild flowers and herbs that grow around the Abbey and we hope to produce drinks and cordials from these in the years to come.
We could not have got to this point without the support of our Members and it is Memberships that allow us to continue our work of preserving and restoring as much of this ancient site as we can. We would like to be able to uncover more of the archaeology of the site, which has already provided evidence of perhaps the oldest still pit in Scotland, plus signs of distilling and brewing on the site of the new distillery.
Our Honorary 1495 Member
Our 1494 Members are limited to the first 1494 members who sign up to join us, and they can generally choose the number they wish to take, if it is not already taken. However, we decided that we wanted to create an Honorary 1495th Membership in honour of an inspirational man and who had such input into our distillery, Dr Jim Swan.
Drew McKenzie Smith – “Jim first visited Lindores more than twenty years ago when the distillery was just a long-held dream, and I like to think that over the years we became friends as well as colleagues. It was huge blow both personally and professionally when he suddenly passed away before the distillery opened. Jim’s passion for the return of Scotch whisky to Lindores Abbey was infectious, and his counsel to us as distillery founders was inspirational.
We worked together for 20 years, taking the vision for this special whisky landmark from a dream to a reality. We will forever be indebted to Jim’s contribution to the life of Lindores Abbey Distillery.
Jim brought a lifetime of knowledge with him to our project – our still shape and our wood recipe are just as he advised so there will always be an element of him at Lindores Abbey distillery. Our team, led by distillery manager Gary Haggart, have carried on from where Jim left off, using Jim’s expert guidance to create a fantastic spirit at Lindores.
The one positive to come out of such a tragedy was that we have since met with Jim’s family and it was a lovely occasion when they recently visited and laid their stones in our labyrinth.
It was therefore a great honour when Richard Patterson suggested, having spoken with the family, that it would be a fitting tribute for the portraits of Jim that were signed by all in attendance at his memorial service at Heriot Watt University, should be displayed at Lindores, and where better than in our ‘Legacy bar’ where members of our ‘1494’ preservation society have their names inscribed on the wall. We are delighted to announce that Jim is our now our honorary 1494 preservation society member and will have the membership number ‘1495’.”
You can help us to further continue the work of the Preservation Society by becoming a member of Lindores Abbey Distillery. A part of every membership is donated to the Preservation Society to help us preserve and continue the traditions that were established here over 500 years ago.
AS A MEMBER OF THE 1494 YOU RECEIVE:
A bottle from the first Limited Edition bottling of Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae (70CL, 40%ABV)
Entry into our Prize Draw to win one of 8 VIP Trips of a Lifetime to Lindores Abbey Distillery
A donation is made on your behalf to the Preservation Society and a tree is planted in our new orchards in your name (which you are welcome to come and plant with prior arrangement)
A bottle (1 of only 1494) from our first distillery bottling of Lindores Abbey Single Malt Whisky (70CL, 40%+ ABV), ready and sent out to you when our Distillery Manager declares it ready
First offer on any other Limited Edition bottlings and rights to your own bottle number
Rights to purchase your a numbered bottle of our first release Limited Edition New Make Spirit, labelled with your Membership number
A welcome pack with wooden membership card entitling you to free entry for life (non transferable) at the distillery for yourself and a guest
Annual invitation to the Lindores Abbey ‘Bear Burning’ Ceremony and party for you and a guest
10% discount on our Online Shop and at the Visitor Centre
10% discount on venue hire
A truly unique gift for Whisky and History lovers
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