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InchDairnie begin distillation of Scotland’s first rye whisky in 100 years

By @Pierre8th Dec 2017
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Innovative distillery InchDairnie have announced that their first distillation is to be a single grain rye. The whisky is to be called Ryelaw and marks a return of rye whisky to Scotland.

InchDairnie begin distillation of Scotland’s first rye whisky in 100 years

As of the 1st December 2017, the stills at InchDairnie are to run their first production of spirit to be matured for bottling. InchDairnie is an unusual distillery especially for a new one.

  • For starters it’s big, admittedly Scotland has plenty of large distilleries, but the trend in recent years has been for small scale craft distilleries.
  • Secondly, it has innovative equipment such its mash filter which replaces the traditional mash tuns and its bespoke Lomond Hill still.
  • Thirdly, unlike most new distilleries they aren’t producing a gin or neutral grain spirit to help with cash flow while they wait for their whisky to be ready.
  • And finally, perhaps most importantly, they really are willing to wait. They haven’t announced when the whisky will be released except to say it will be bottled when it’s ready.

Ian Palmer, MD at Inchdairne, has this to say:

“Our intention with the distillery right from the start was to push the boundaries of flavour in whisky using a combination of our experience and new technology while remaining true to whisky’s traditions.

Creating this rye whisky is one of many experimental ideas we had in mind when we built the distillery and one of the reasons we chose to install specific equipment that others do not have such as the mash filter and Lomond Hill still.

We’ve spent a year researching and developing this and now we’re incredibly excited to be ready to start distilling. Rye whisky aficionados and malt whisky lovers will have to wait a good few years before we are ready to bottle it though!”


Victor commented

@Pierre, thanks for posting. Very interesting news, indeed!

Now if you can only get them to get rid of that traditional but idiotic usage of "single" before the name of the whiskies. Oh, yes, also, please get them to call it "rye whisky" instead of "grain" and making people guess what is in it.

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MadSingleMalt commented

I'm sure "single" carries too much caché for anyone to resist using it, even though half of the customers probably don't understand what it means.

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Pierre commented

@Victor I couldn't agree more. Although obviously not InchDairnie's fault! I met Ian Palmer and found him to be an impressive and likeable man. I visited the distillery and it's quite something. I'll be watching this with interest but we'll need to be patient.

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Nozinan commented

I was more than happy to give up my title of "single"...

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Tom92 commented

Regardless of their wording, this will be an interesting whisky. Old fashion delight

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