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Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Visitor Centre of the Year Silver Award 2018

Lindores Abbey Distillery has been awarded a silver medal at the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge in the category of Distillery Visitor Experience of the Year. Having been open for just over a year, this is a huge accolade and one of which the entire team are rightly proud.

Drew McKenzie Smith, MD and founder of the distillery, commented:

‘We are over the moon with this result at the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge, especially considering the behemoths that we were pitched against. We are a small, family-run distillery that has only been open a year, and this award shows that we more than punch above our weight in the whisky world. Thank you to our team for all their hard work and the judges for acknowledging everything that we have achieved in such a short space of time.’

This award comes just months after Lindores Abbey Distillery was awarded the much coveted five stars from Visit Scotland and nominated as a finalist in the Rural Business of the Year awards.

For further information and images, please contact Poppy McKenzie Smith





  • 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 ourFacebook, Instagramand Twitter pages.

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