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THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF SCOTCH WHISKY

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

 As custodians of Lindores Abbey, we have made a very sincere commitment to protect this important landmark for future generations. 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 mission

By reviving so many of the ancient crafts and traditions that were practised here centuries ago, we want to see Lindores Abbey flourish again as a site for research, learning, brewing, distilling, horticulture, and even beekeeping. We have now built a Single Malt distillery in the grounds of the former Abbey as well as a 5 Star rated Visitor Centre.

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Lindores Abbey Distillery
Lindores Abbey Distillery
Barley comes from our own farm
Barley comes from our own farm

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.

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A Long Held Dream

The Lindores Abbey Farm was bought by Drew McKenzie Smith’s grandfather in 1913.  Like his father before him, Drew now holds the title of ‘Custodian of Lindores’.  Along with his wife, Helen, Drew spent two decades tirelessly researching, planning and campaigning to bring a distillery back to the grounds of Lindores Abbey.

“We very much look forward to welcoming visitors to Lindores and sharing its history with whisky-lovers from around the world” said Helen.

“We like to think we are continuing where the Tironensian Monks of Lindores left off.  They were a hardworking and inclusive Order who brought their horticultural expertise from Thiron in France over to us here in  Scotland.  We will be using locally grown barley for our whisky and fruit from our trees just as they did, to ensure we, all of us, as Custodians of Lindores Abbey, secure its future for the next 500 years.. at least!”

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Custodians of Lindores Abbey Distillery
Custodians of Lindores Abbey Distillery
Aqua Vitae
Aqua Vitae

WHILE WE WAIT FOR OUR WHISKY

aqua vitae

Aqua Vitae, the first release from Lindores Abbey, is a handcrafted botanical spirit, made on site using spices, dried fruit and locally grown green herbs such as Douglas fir and sweet cicely.

With citrus notes and full of sweet and spiced flavours, Aqua Vitae is delicious as a mixed drink or a cocktail base.

The earliest Aqua Vitae was made at Lindores as long ago as 1494, and we’ve authentically recreated that recipe and reimagined it as an inquisitively versatile spirit. Today, our Aqua Vitae is distilled in pot stills and then infused with a blend of spices and herbs, including cleavers, and sweet cicely, which grow in our gardens, amidst the grounds of the ancient Abbey. It is entirely natural, with no added sugars.

We recommend drinking Aqua Vitae in a Highball glass filled with ice, pour over 50ml of Aqua Vitae topped with Ginger Ale, and garnish with a twist of Orange.

Another way to enjoy Aqua Vitae is to simply pour over ice with a twist of orange.

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Memberships

You may wish to become a member of our 1494 Preservation Society, which not only entitles you to a bottle from the first Limited Edition bottling of Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae and a bottle (1 of only 1494) from our first distillery bottling of Lindores Abbey Single Malt Whisky, you also get a tree planted in your name in our Orchard, as well as an Annual invitation to the Lindores Abbey ‘Bear Burning’ Ceremony and party for you and a guest, 10% discount in our Online Shop and Visitor Centre and off Venue Hire, and free tours to the distillery for life.

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Memberships
Memberships
Private whisky casks
Private whisky casks

cask ownership

After a break of over 523 years, we began filling whisky casks in December 2017. In 2018 we started the year with 6,000 bulk litres to cask and this was all reserved within 1 month.

In 2019 we are delighted to now offer individuals or groups the chance to purchase a whisky cask from our second full year of production filled with Lindores spirit, so get in touch if you would like to find out more and reserve your 2019 cask.

Private Cask Owners will truly become a part of the history of Lindores Abbey, and the history of Scotch Whisky,  as together we watch the spirit mature into Single Malt Whisky. Ultimately, owners of Private Casks will have their own unique bottling of Lindores Abbey Distillery Single Malt Whisky, which can be personalised with your name, company logo, family crest etc.

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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.

Tours are available at 10:30am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm, and we are open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm.

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Corporate Events at Lindores
Corporate Events at Lindores

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