Tam's Tall Tales

- Three Cheers for Three Stills in Hawick?

Whisky Still

Three Cheers for Three Stills in Hawick?
Whisky distilling might be returning to the Borders after a break of over 100 years if the Three Stills Company gets planning approval for a proposed facility in Hawick.

The 10 million investment would create 20 jobs in the new distillery and visitor centre.

Four whisky industry veterans, formerly colleagues at William Grant, are behind the new venture.

Its management team have all held senior roles at global distillers William Grant & Sons, and the company attracted pledges from a group of private investors led by Edinburgh-based investment company Badenoch & Co. The Duke of Buccleuch, Britain's largest landowner (pictured here), is also backing the scheme.

A spokesman for the company said that the Borders had many advantages for distilling being close to good barley producing land facilities and a plentiful supply of pure water.

The Scotch Whisky Association estimate that the industry directly employs more than 10,000 people in Scotland, many of them in less than prosperous areas. Local Councillor Stuart Marshall is quoted as saying "Not only will the distillery create new and diverse employment opportunities, it will place Hawick firmly on the tourist map, creating a golden opportunity for all businesses in the town and local area."

Please give me whatever feedback comes to mind via tamfromrampant@gmail.com.

Tam O'Ranter
March 2016

Return to Tam O'Ranter Index

Where else would you like to go in Scotland?

Separator line