Thursday, July 30, 2015


Whisky lovers are today being called upon to get the Borders back on the whisky map by choosing a location for the region’s first distillery since 1837.

Scotch whisky firm R&B Distillers, is asking whisky drinkers ‘the big question’ in a bid to crowd source opinion on where a Borders distillery should be built.

Alasdair Day - Co-Founder of R&B Distillers

Participants are invited to vote for their favourite location in an online poll that includes popular Borders destinations such as the Tweed Valley, Peebles, Kelso, Melrose, Galashiels, Selkirk and Eyemouth. 

Driven by a desire to make whiskies of uncommon provenance, R&B Distillers believe the Borders could be the ideal location for a whisky distillery. 

Work on the distillery would not begin until the company’s Raasay Distillery – which is currently subject to planning permission – is complete and open to the public. 

Commenting on the news, Alasdair Day, Co-Founder of R&B Distillers, said: “It’s really quite remarkable that somewhere as iconic as the Scottish Borders has remained untouched by whisky distilling for such a long time. Just like whiskies from the Highlands, Speyside or Islay, a small batch whisky distilled in the Borders will have its own unique flavour, informed by the provenance and terroir of the region.”

He went on to say: “We’re incredibly excited to be asking whisky lovers from around the world ‘the big question’ and crowd sourcing opinion on where a Borders distillery would be best placed. It’s time to get the Borders back on the whisky map!”

Alasdair Day has a special connection with the Borders. His great-grandfather – Richard Day – was a whisky blender based in Coldstream in the early 1900s. After inheriting his great-grandfather’s cellar book in 2009, he quit his 9-5 job and set about recreating The Tweeddale – a small batch, blended Scotch whisky. 

Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day, founded R&B Distillers in 2014. The company unveiled its plans for the Raasay Distillery earlier this year, which is expected to open in January 2017.

The Raasay Distillery will become the island’s first legal distillery and is expected to generate employment for eleven of the island’s 120 residents. 

Source: R&B Distillers