Lindores Abbey Distillery

Are you of legal drinking age in your country of origin?

Thanks for visiting Lindores Abbey Distillery

Loading Basket
Your Basket


Our first release from this historic site in Fife, Scotland, Aqua Vitae 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.

Category: Tags: ,


An unusual gift idea for whisky lovers takes the form of Lindores Abbey Distillery’s Aqua Vitae.

Our first release from this historic site in Fife, Scotland, Aqua Vitae 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.

Entirely natural, with no added sugars

70cl bottle.  40% ABV.

TASTING NOTES for aqua vitae

Initial light top notes of peach and pear, give way to masses of ginger, clove and cinnamon spice. Rich, caramel sweetness in addition to some lovely light herbal notes on the finish. Consequently it is complex and rewarding.

Enjoy Aqua Vitae simply over ice with a twist of orange. Another option is to add plenty of fresh mint and a small amount of sugar syrup, topped with soda water. You can find more recipe ideas HERE and we also have a delicious Winter Cocktails and drinks selection.


Old recipe for aqua vitae

It was Aqua Vitae that Brother John Cor and the monks were making for King James IV in 1494 here at Lindores Abbey.  It would have been a powerful clear spirit, made using water from the ‘Holy Burn’ in addition to the barley from the surrounding fields.

The strong spirit would have been infused with plants and herbs that grew wild in the grounds of the Abbey. In addition, the monks traded salmon and wool with the merchants of Europe, and as a result more exotic herbs and spices were also brought back from Flanders and would also have been used.

The original Aqua Vitae would have been a fiery spirit, consequently used as much as a medicine or tincture, as a libation. Today it makes a wonderful gift for whisky lovers.



Delivery is £6 (UK only)

Unfortunately, currently we are unable to send bottles to the USA, we are close to appointing a US distributor, after which we will be delighted to ship Lindores ‘Aqua Vitae’ to whisky lovers across the Ocean.

5 reviews for Aqua Vitae


    “AQUA VITAE” is a strong but smooth tasting Whisky which I found most enjoyable.

  2. John Ross

    Beautiful taste. Tried with water and neat. Prefer neat. This will not disappoint any whisky lover and all non whisky drinkers.

  3. Hannah Cooke

    Absolutely delicious – perfect pre-dinner drink. Mixed with a splash of ginger ale and a twist of orange peel over ice, it reminded me of a sharper, more grown-up negroni.

  4. Allegra Strudwick

    A delicious, sophisticated drink that I enjoyed thoroughly mixed with ginger ale. My husband is a whisky lover and had his neat and said it was on par with many of his favourite single malt whiskies. Couldn’t recommend it more.

  5. Jesse Bromvski

    I bought this as a thank you gift for a friend- it could not have been better received. They loved it – couldn’t recommend more highly.!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like…

  • £60 Membership

    £60 Membership

    Add to basket
  • 1494 £500 Membership

    £500 Membership

    Add to basket

Stay up to date

Thank you for signing up to receive our monthly newsletter. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.