Friday, August 14, 2020


The Holyrood Distillery, the first single malt distillery in Edinburgh for almost 100 years, has announced the launch of a new cask programme.

With a limited run of only 200 whisky casks in 2020, the programme will allow customers to tailor the whisky to their tastes, by involving them in every stage of the production process, working alongside Distillery Manager Jack Mayo and Co-Founder David Robertson.

Holyrood Distillery launches new cask programme

Given the current restrictions, the cask programme will take place via a face-to-face consultation at the distillery, with appropriate social distancing measures taken, or as a unique virtual experience with indicative samples delivered to the participant in advance and an online session with the distillery team. 

The distillery is focusing on four core new make spirit flavours; fruity & floral, sweet, spicy and smoky, with a variety of casks sourced in which to mature these impactful spirits. The casks include American Oak, ex-Oloroso sherry, a variety of wine casks and even rare Japanese oak.

Three barrel sizes are available; a barrel (200 litres), a barrique (225 litres) or a hogshead (both 250 litres) starting from £4,950, £5,450, and £5,950 respectively. The cost includes the personal flavour consultation, whisky creation and visits to the distillery and warehouse, the cask, storage for ten years, annual sampling, annual warehouse visits and insurance. 

Commenting on the news, Co-founder of Holyrood Distillery, David Robertson, said: “We built Holyrood Distillery with flavour at its very heart. We’re not bound by heritage; our priority is to be open-minded and produce a range of truly delicious whiskies rather than sticking to tradition and crafting only one or two styles. We know that our customers appreciate the opportunity to dive into the creative process. This programme allows people to share that journey with us and create something truly customised to their individualtaste. It’s an invitation to own a piece of history - and to be guided through that process by our experts to create something really bespoke.”

For more information on the Holyrood 2020 Bespoke Cask Programme, visit:

Posted by Steve Rush