This month, our ‘Meet our Maker’ is geographically the first distillery in Scotland, Annandale Distillery. We caught up with them to find out more about their distillery and its fascinating history.
Lee Medd, Annandale Distillery
“One of the earliest ‘legal’ whisky distilleries in Scotland it was officially established in 1836. The Donald family ran the distillery for almost 50 years. A peated style of whisky was produced here throughout their time at Annandale Distillery, using traditional techniques and equipment. Margaret Donald was said to be very hands on, working as a still (wo)man and firing the stills over an open coal fire. It would have been a very labour-intensive job, and very difficult to maintain a consistent temperature for the stills when producing the spirit to fill into casks.
Mark Trainor, Head of Production, Buildings & Estates is one of the longest serving members of the team – having been part of the Annandale Distillery team during the £17.5million renovation.
“The former distillery buildings were used for farming until 2007, when Professor David Thomson and wife and business partner Teresa Church bought the distillery site and began an extensive restoration to restore the buildings and convert them back into a fully functional, working distillery.
Jade Fawcett, Annadale Distillery