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Ardgowan secures £8.4m for new distillery

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Scottish producer Ardgowan has acquired an £8.4 million (US$11.4m) funding to start building on its new distillery.

Ardgowan distillery

Funding from Austrian investor Roland Grain will help Ardgowan’s distillery construct

The whisky maker gained planning permission to construct a distillery and customer centre on the Ardgowan Property close to Inverkip again in 2017, however the mission was delayed as a consequence of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Austrian investor Roland Grain has offered a £7.2m (US $10.1m) fairness injection, buying a majority stake within the firm; the remainder of the funding comes from new and present shareholders.

The producer can also be in talks with a mortgage supplier for additional funding.

Grain has a historical past of funding within the spirits trade, having backed the Cotswolds Distillery, Australian agency Manly Spirits, East London Liquor Firm and Potstill Spirits Buying and selling. He additionally holds a 20% stake in UK-based spirits producer Distil.

Grain commented: “My want is for this mission to create a long-lasting connection to the group and produce the very best attainable high quality whisky and over time obtain the bottom attainable CO2 footprint.

“The corporate founders Martin McAdam, Alan Baker and I’ve a shared imaginative and prescient of what we will obtain. Already they’ve constructed a powerful crew round them – not least their chairman Willie Phillips and their whisky maker Max McFarlane – and collectively we’ll craft the best high quality single malt whisky, primarily based on the extraordinary location of the Ardgowan Property, and the weird microclimate of the Inverkip space.

“My hope is that the distillery will change into a landmark constructing and a big vacationer attraction within the years forward, and I very a lot stay up for seeing work begin this 12 months.”

Manufacturing objectives

With the brand new backing, Ardgowan will resume building plans that began in 2016, when it first submitted an application for the project to the native council.

Building will observe designs laid out in 2018. The preliminary section will see the location fitted with two copper stills and 6 washbacks, for an output of 1m litres per 12 months.

A second constructing section, already permitted, will see the addition of two extra stills and extra washbacks to double the capability.

Inside 5 years of completion, the corporate estimates that the brand new distillery and customer centre will create as much as 30 new jobs within the space.

Ardgowan goals to supply its first spirit on the distillery in 2023.

Firm CEO Martin McAdam referred to as Grain’s involvement “terrific information for the mission”.

“We’ve put a number of the uncertainty of Brexit behind us and we hope that Covid can even quickly be a distant reminiscence,” he stated.

“Over the previous few years, we have now used the time properly to construct up our crew and craft some unbelievable blended malt whiskies, sourcing a few of the best casks from throughout Scotland.”

Earlier this 12 months, Ardgowan launched the second bottling in its Clydebuilt series.

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