First look into Edinburgh's first city centre single malt whisky distillery since 1925

Those travelling to Edinburgh in the hopes of a wee dram with modern character are in for a treat as Holyrood Distillery opens the first single malt whisky distillery in the city centre in almost a century.

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 11:19 am
The building itself, which has now been repurposed to house both whisky and gin stills, retains its historic charm with original exposed stone walls throughout.

The £6.7 million distillery has breathed new life into what was formerly the goods shed for St Leonards railway station, dating back to 1831. It is now a colourful and sensory experience for spirits lovers of all levels of expertise.

Holyrood Distillery is the notion of Canadian whisky enthusiast Rob Carpenter who, in 2013, first had the idea for a distillery and visitor experience in central Edinburgh.

Their copper seven-metre-high stills, in proportion to still volume, are the tallest stills in Scotland.

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The distillery focuses on innovation and the creation of robust flavours through different production approaches.
There has not been an urban single malt whisky distillery in the capital since 1925.
With spirits tourism on the rise in Scotland the founders have established themselves at a key time, and bring a unique and innovative twist to distilling in the Capital.
The distillery team have the space to play with flavour and aromas to create a unique product without the pressure of a heritage product.
Head Distiller, Jack Mayo, who is also an astrophysicist leads a vibrant team, some who are graduates of Heriot-Watt Universitys renowned Brewing and Distilling course.
Distillery tours start from 14.