Lindores Abbey Distillery is delighted to announce that it has been nominated in the Artisan Drinks category for the 2019 Scottish Rural Awards!
SCOTTISH RURAL Awards
The Scottish Rural Awards are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in Scotland’s countryside – a celebration of the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Scotland.
Now in their fourth year, the Scottish Rural Awards are partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, in association with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
ARTISAN DRINK CATEGORY
The Artisan Drink category is designed to recognise the innovation and development of all beverages. As with the Artisan Food category, the term ‘artisan’ is characterised by craft, skill and development of the brand ethos; it is these values which will underpin the ultimate success of the company, not simply the number of units sold.
We are delighted to have entered our first release, Aqua Vitae, which is a tribute to the origins of Scotch as we know it today. The earliest ‘aqua vitae’ that was made at Lindores Abbey as long ago as 1494. It was thought to have helped to ‘sloeth age’ and ‘abandoneth melancholy’. As a result, it was a powerful tonic that was drunk by kings and commoners alike.
Today Aqua Vitae is a malt spirit distilled in pot stills. It is then infused with a blend of spices and herbs, including cleavers, lemon verbena and sweet cicely. All these herbs and spices are grown in our gardens, amidst the grounds of the ancient Abbey.
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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.
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