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Whisky Advocate’s Exclusive Report On Scotland’s New “Distillery For Hire”

December 3, 2013

Plans are afoot to build Scotland’s new “Distillery for Hire,” Whisky Advocate reports exclusively in its Winter 2013 issue, released this week. Renowned Scottish chemist Dr. Harry Riffkin is building a new distillery as an extension to his Tatlock & Thomson company, the Fife-based analytical chemist group for spirits and wines. The new distillery will have a one-metric-ton mashing capacity, able to produce 100,000 liters of pure alcohol annually, and will be operational within two to three years.

“There are many whisky blenders and brokers who rely on fillings, but no one can supply them right now because the industry is on fire,” Riffkin explained. “Companies can come here and hire out production. We’ll either do it to their specification, or they can bring in their own people to do it.”

In addition to its contract production business, the distillery will operate as a much-needed training facility. “The Scotch whisky industry collapsed in the 1980s and 1990s and removed many of its technical people. There’s very few of us left now,” Riffkin added. “We want to build a plant which will help to train the new people coming into the industry. It will help the smaller companies that don’t have appropriate training facilities.”

For the full report, see Whisky Advocate’s Winter 2013 issue.

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