Annandale Distillery Company Ltd
250,000 litres p/a
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This Lowland malt distillery is located 15 miles from Dumfries, and is presently being restored after a period of silence and neglect with a view to being re-commissioned in Autumn 2012.
Annandale Distillery was established by George Donald, a former excise officer, in 1830. His family ran the distillery until 1883 when it was leased to John Gardner of Liverpool who invested to re-equip and modernise the distillery.
In 1893 (0r 1986), Annandale was acquired by John Walker & Sons of Kilmarnock who stopped distilling there in 1919-20. The buildings where purchased by a local farmer in 1924 to be used for agricultural storage for the rest of the 20th century.
The present owners David Thomson and his wife Teresa Church acquired the land and buildings associated with Annandale Distillery from local farmer, Robert Robinson in April 2007. David is a former cereal chemist and he and his wife are co-owners of the multi-national MMR market research company, hence they have the funds to invest in this labour of love.
As well has restoring the buildings on the site, they have commissioned new pot stills from Forsyths of Rothes and Douglas Fir washbacks from Browns of Dufftown.