The Borders Distillery, the first new Scotch whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837, began running spirit in March 2018. To celebrate this achievement, the Directors released 1837 private casks for sale. This opportunity is available to African customers, exclusively via WhiskyBrother.
Private Cask Programme
1837 Casks are available for purchase by private clients. Buyers can select one of the following cask types, each with a capacity of approximately 200 litres:
- First-fill Bourbon, refill Bourbon, rye, European red wine or rum
The cask will be filled with new make spirit at 63.5%. The customer can nominate the month and day, to mark a birthday or occasion, up to 12 months in advance. The cost includes 10 years of storage, insurance and bottling.
If you are interested in purchasing a cask and would like more information, please contact Marc via email or phone on +27 (0)73 441-5206.
The cost of the cask purchase is £ 1,995 (± R 38,000), however, it is important to note that at the time of bottling there will be excise duties and 15% VAT due to SARS, as well as transportation costs payable to get your whisky to South Africa.
Borders is set up to produce an unpeated, fragrant and floral style of malt whisky. Long fermentation using a cloudy wort gives the spirit a malty fruitiness, while distillation in large lamp-glass stills with plenty of copper contact will heighten its fruity and estery qualities.
The Borders History
The last legal distillery to operate in the Scottish Borders closed in 1837, leaving the region to experience something of a whisky drought for the past 180 years.
Now, several planned projects have come along at once, all bidding to be the first to revive distilling in the region for almost two centuries. The first to open was the aptly named Borders distillery, operated by new group The Three Stills Company.
Headed by four Scotch industry veterans, primarily hailing William Grant & Sons (owners of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Girvan, amongst others), the company was founded in 2013 and planning permission granted in late 2015 to transform a former factory in Hawick into a £10 million malt whisky distillery with the capacity to produce up to 1.8m litres of spirit a year. The team broke ground at the site in August 2016, with the distillery kicking to life at 10.11am on 6 March 2018.
Additional links and media coverage for The Borders Distillery:
- The Borders Distillery (Official Website)
- Five Minutes with John Fordyce (Distillery Director and Co-founder), ScotchWhisky.com
- How Scotland is Innovating its Traditions, New York Times
- Borders Distillery Officially Opens, The Spirit Business
- The Borders Distillery, Gray Macpherson Architects
- Borders Distillery opens to the public in Hawick, BBC News
- Back to the Borders, Whisky Magazine