Whisky galore as Clydeside Distillery opens to visitors

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Glasgow’s Clydeside Distillery officially opened to visitors today, following the production of its first spirit earlier this month. Whisky will now be produced by the river, in the old Pump House building, which was built in 1877 on the Queen’s Dock, close the Riverside Museum now stands. Clydeside Distillery is the city’s newest visitor attraction, offering interactive whisky tours, alongside a whisky shop and café.

Visitors can make their way through 140 years of history, brought to life through film, pictures and words, as part of self-led or guided tours. The distillery will also be able to accommodate wedding receptions and events in its tasting room.

Clydeside began its first distillation run on 6th November, although its whisky won’t be matured and ready for release until at least 2020. The site is able to produce up to 500,000 litres of spirit each year. Its two copper stills, each weighing about two tonnes, were crafted by Scottish coppersmiths Forsyths of Moray.

In 2014 Glasgow distillery at Hillington Business Park became the first malt distillery to operate in the city since the closure of Kinclaith in 1975. Now plans are also developing for a third malt whisky distillery at Pacific Quay, an as yet unnamed project by independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co.

The Strathclyde Grain Distillery also operates in the Gorbals. Owned by Chivas Brothers, the distillery was opened in 1927.

Tim Morrison, chairman of Clydeside owner Morrison Glasgow Distillers, said: “Glasgow has an affinity with Scotch whisky unlike any other city in the world with the Queen’s Dock previously witnessing the exports of whisky with ships sailing past the Pump House destined for all continents of the world.

“Of course for me and my family there is a very personal link knowing that my great grandfather built the Queen’s Dock where the Clydeside distillery now sits.

“We’re looking forward to the future and seeing whisky produced in the heart of Glasgow once again.”

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