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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.
The first release of single malt whisky from Lindores, will be in 2021.

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!”

Lindores is all about patience – it has taken us more than twenty years to turn our dream into a reality and deliver the very first whisky from here in more than 500 years.

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Custodians of Lindores Abbey Distillery
Custodians of Lindores Abbey Distillery
Aqua Vitae Perfect Serve Summer Recipes
Aqua Vitae Perfect Serve Summer Recipes

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.

 

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Memberships

AS A MEMBER OF THE 1494 YOU RECEIVE:
  • A complimentary bottle (1 of only 1494) from our first distillery bottling of Lindores Abbey Single Malt Whisky (70CL), bearing your Membership Number.
  • A complimentary bottle from the first Limited Edition bottling of Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae (70CL, 40%ABV)
  • First offer on Limited Edition bottlings and rights to your own bottle number, when applicable.
  • A welcome pack with wooden membership card entitling you to FREE entry for life (non transferable) to the distillery for yourself and allows you to bring a guest along for free in the year you join.
  • Complimentary tickets to the Lindores Abbey ‘Bear Burning’ Ceremony and VIP Reception party for you and a guest
  • 10% discount on our Online Shop and at the Visitor Centre
  • 10% discount on venue hire
  • 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)

Lindores is all about patience – it has taken us more than twenty years to turn our dream into a reality and deliver the very first whisky from here in more than 500 years.

To thank our founder 1494 members for their continued support and patience, we will add a complimentary 5cl bottle of The 1494 for them to enjoy without waiting for the special occasion to break in to their full-size bottle.

Membership is the only way to access our first ever release, and spaces are now extremely limited.

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Lindores Abbey Scotch Whisky
Lindores Abbey Scotch Whisky
Lindores Abbey Scotch Whisky
Lindores Abbey Scotch Whisky

cask ownership

After a break of over 523 years, we began filling whisky casks in December 2017. We are rightly proud of our award-winning New Make Spirit, and as a small, family-run distillery, we delight in the freedom we have to work with this incredibly versatile spirit. It allows us to raise the bar in terms of exclusivity, obscurity and the sense of having something truly personal and unique to offer to our cask owners.

Our Cask Ownership experience is a chance to become an integral part of Lindores Abbey Distillery’s journey as the spirit flows once again at the Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky. You will not only be able to choose your individual cask size and flavour profile, but you will also receive invitations to exclusive cask-owner events, such as our Cask Buyers Evenings. You are even welcome to visit your cask and chat with our in-house Cask Custodian about its progress. 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

From 17th May 2021: Learn all about the processes and history of whisky making on one of our Distillery Tours at Lindores Abbey Distillery. Find out what goes into producing whisky, and once you’ve learned the ins and outs of distilling, you’ll be able to try two delicious drams for yourself! We even provide little takeaways for the drivers so no need to drink and drive.

Distillery Tours cost just £12.50 and everyone is welcome (we even welcome well behaved dog owners along with their four legged friends).

Tours are available at 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm and must be booked 24 hours in advance | Maximum 8 people

To book your distillery tour just call 01337 842547,  or email info@lindoresabbeydistillery.com

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Distillery Tours
Distillery Tours

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