Whisky is produced in London for the first time in 100 YEARS (But the still is named after a Scottish granny!)

December 13, 2013 | by | 1 Comment

Whisky is being made in London for the first time in more than 100 years – in a still named after a beloved Scottish GRANNY.

The London Distillery Company has been granted permission to make the spirit – following the closure of the last still in the capital in 1908.

Founder Darren Rook, 32, named his copper whisky still Matilda – after his Scottish grandmother – which sits proudly at the centre of their factory in Battersea.

Darren Rook at London's first distillery for more than 100 years

Darren Rook with his whisky still Matilda, at London’s first distillery for more than 100 years

He said: “It is not widely known that the capital has a great heritage of whisky production dating back to before Chaucer.”

Head Distiller Andrew MacLead Smith, 30, of Aberdeen, added: “Building the distillery was the easy part. Now comes the hard part – making the spirit.

“The trick to making a good whisky is to pay attention to every part of the fragile process. The smallest variations have a huge impact.”

The first bottles are set to hit the shelves by Christmas, 2016.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Please note that Head Distiller’s name is Andrew MacLeod Smith. The London Distillery Company is a boutique distillery on the site of a Victorian dairy in Battersea. Far from being a factory.

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