Whisky blender Dark Sky Spirits, which produces The Moffat blended malt, plans to begin construction of its new distillery and visitor centre later this year, with a view to commencing distillation in 2021.
|New Scotch whisky distillery in Moffat given the green light|
Once operational, the distillery will be initially capable of producing 60,000 litres of alcohol a year – enough to fill around one barrel per day.
The distillery, which is yet to be named, will use traditional methods to craft single malt whisky in small batches, using wooden washbacks and worm tub condensers to create a medium-bodied Scotch with notes of biscuit and citrus, in keeping with the Lowland style.
Dark Sky Spirits, joins the growing number of whisky, gin and rum distilleries operating in the Dumfries and Galloway region, including Annandale, Bladnoch, Crafty, Dalton and Ninefold.
Commenting on the news, Nick Bullard, Founder and Managing Director of Dark Sky Spirits, said: “Even though it’s small, this distillery will make a big difference to our town and our region. It will attract visitors, bring new jobs and boost retail and hospitality trade. It will broaden and deepen Moffat’s attractiveness to whisky lovers around the world.”
The distillery, will create a dozen jobs across production and visitor centre roles, with an estimated 9,000 visitors anticipated in its first year.
The news comes just days after Dark Sky Spirits was awarded £320,000 in funding from the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP), an agency established to drive economic growth in the region.
Posted by Steve Rush