Welcome to the Scottish Borders!
The Borders Distillery opened in March 2018. It is the first Scotch Whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837. The owners hopes to recapture the true spirit of the Borders by bringing whisky-making back to the region.
The Borders Distillery sits at Hawick. This location is famous for its manufacturing history, where cashmere is king and tweed was invented! The spirit of industry and enterprise in the wee town inspires the owners of the distillery in everything that they do.
The Distillery Building
The Borders Distillery is in a landmark building right in the centre of town. Occupying the site of the former Hawick Urban Electrical Company, it undertook a complete and careful renovation to turn into a fully functional distillery.
With special attention to details and the building’s historical importance, everything is restored to its former glory. When you visit the distillery, look out for the restored original 1930s crane and the lead welded windows. They are of special beauty.
The Water of Life
Hawick is known for its naturally good water. In 1771, Bailie John Hardie introduced the first stocking frames to the people of Hawick. The town became the centre of knitwear and Tweed trades in Scotland after that. Cashmere and Tweed brought the town great prosperity. By the 1960s, Hawick was the highest-earning town in the UK per head of population!
The water quality was a key element in the growth and success of the knitwear and Tweed industries. Needless to say, the Borders Distillery is using the same quality water for their spirits and to run the distillery.
Borders Single Malt Whiskies
The single malt whiskies from Borders Distillery are still resting in their casks. They are not yet ready to see the world. Besides being younger than 3 years old, the owners are also not in a big hurry to release their single malts. The whiskies need to be of the right quality before the release. Therefore, the probable wait for their whiskies ranges between 2-2.5 years (if we are lucky) to another 3 to 5 years.
What do Borders Distillery Offer?
At the moment, Borders Distillery is offering their premium gin, vodka and blended malt to the world. The gin and vodka are made from their new make spirits while the blended malt is a blend of single malts from Scotland. Click on the respective icons below to learn more about each of these products.