Alasdair Day, who first appeared in Unfiltered several years ago with his now-famous Tweedale Blend, has announced plans for his own long-rumoured distillery project. Since we first heard about it though, the distillery has moved several hundred miles north-west, from the Scottish Borders to the tiny Hebridean island of Raasay.
Along with business partner Bill Dobbie, a well-known Scots entrepreneur and co-founder of online dating site ‘Cupid’, Day plans to open the distillery and visitor centre in January 2017 and release its first whiskies in 2020. It is estimated the project would provide employment for 11 of the island’s 120 residents.
It’s still early days though, as planning permission cannot even be applied for until the project has been subjected to a protected species audit for bats, otters and the Raasay vole.
Good luck Alasdair!