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Skye's Second Distillery -
Graphic via Wikimedia Commons of Sleat, Isle of Skye, Location of the New Distillery
Although my own preference is for the Speyside malts, or perhaps a wee drop of Highland Park from Orkney, the editorial office was cheered to learn that a new distiller is planned on the Isle of Skye. This will only be the second distillery on the small Hebridean island.
Torabhaig Distillery will cost £5 million and will be built on an old farm steading (see graphic via Wikimedia Commons). It is expected to cost more than £5 million and employ about eight people.
Construction work could begin in early summer, with whisky set to be produced by the end of 2015, although the spirit must be at least three years old to be described as Scotch malt whisky. Many premium malts are much older with 12 or 15 year old bottles not being uncommon.
Chief executive Neil Mathieson said: "Skye is renowned all over the world for its natural beauty and cultural heritage and we believe that Torabhaig will be a valuable contribution both to whisky distilling on Skye and to the island's continuing attraction to international visitors." Graphic of the bridge to Skye via Wikimedia Commons.
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