Friday, November 27, 2020


The Holyrood Distillery, Edinburgh’s first single malt distillery for nearly 100 years, has announced that it is to recreate historic single malt whiskies based on those once produced during the city’s rich distilling past.

The bottles will be sold at a one-off online auction by leading online whisky auction platform, Whisky Hammer.

Holyrood Distillery to recreate 100 year old whisky recipes

By sourcing the ancient ingredients and using the whisky making styles of Edinburgh distilleries popular in the 1800s and early 1900s, Holyrood Distillery will distil and fill just 30 casks; 15 American oak Oloroso Sherry hogsheads and 15 Spanish oak Pedro Ximenez Sherry hogsheads. 

The single malts will be created using two ancient barley varieties; Chevallier, originally used from the 1820s to the 1900s by distilleries such as Bonnington, Croftanrigh and Yardheads, and Plumage Archer used by many Edinburgh distilleries from the early 1900s like Dean and Glen Sciennes.

Holyrood Distillery will also use old-style brewer’s yeasts, distil slowly and fill only sherry casks in the way that the now-closed Edinburgh distilleries would once have done. The majority of the city’s distilleries closed in the 19th century with the last ones being Dean, closing in 1922 and Glen Sciennes distillery, closing in 1925.

Commenting on the news, David Robertson, Co-founder of Holyrood Distillery, said: “Edinburgh’s distilling heritage and pedigree is long and chequered. It continues to amaze me that we have not seen a working single malt distillery in the city between 1925 and 2019. This is a rare opportunity to own a single malt whisky which is based on the techniques and ingredients used by Edinburgh’s distilling forefathers. Purchasing one of these rare casks is an invitation to own a piece of history and tread in the footsteps of the people who created the city’s whisky industry.” 

For more information and to register to bid on the Holyrood 2021 Heritage Barley cask auction, visit

Posted by Steve Rush