The moment the first single malt whisky was distilled in Edinburgh in almost 100 years

It was a historic day for Scottish whisky enthusiasts on Friday when the newly opened Holyrood Distillery distilled the first single malt whisky in the heart of Edinburgh in almost 100 years.

Monday, 9th September 2019, 10:55 am
Holyrood Distillery, which opened at the end of July, has distilled the first single malt whisky in Edinburgh since 1925.

Holyrood Distillery located in the St Leonards area of the city is the first operational single malt distillery in central Edinburgh since 1925 when The Edinburgh Distillery, also known as Glen Sciennes, closed.

Distillers Elizabeth Machin, Ollie Salvesen, and Elliot Rogerson were present at the time that the spirit began to run.
Distillery co-founder, David Robertson said: In the last 12 months weve been doing the rebuilding of the distillery building, getting together the team and in the last week weve been doing first mashes, first fermentation and first wash distillations and were now doing our first spirit distillation."

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Founder Rob Carpenter came up with the idea for opening the distillery after falling in love with whisky and Edinburgh while studying for a Masters degree in Law at the University of Edinburgh in 2004.
Each still will make approximately 1500 - 2000 bottles of single malt whisky
Moments before the spirit began to run, temperatures in the copper still were being recorded.
The moment that the spirit began to pour was celebrated by all members of the Holyrood Distillery team - from tour guides, to distillers.
Elliot Rogerson, the newest distiller to the team said: At Holyrood we can change lots of different components, from mashing to fermentation to putting them into the different casks and thats all part of the fun, as long as were in the parameter of Scotch we can try everything else.
The distillery opened on 30 July in time for the rush of visitors to Edinburgh in its busiest month and boasts 7 metre tall copper stills which, in proportion to volume, are the tallest stills in Scotland.
David said: We know roughly what the new spirit character is, this is the first one so it might change but it is a clean, fruity and malty spirit thats retained a lot of its flavour from the malted barley,