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.

William Kerr’s Borders Gin

Kerr’s Gin is made from local Scottish Borders barley. Every grain is grown within 30 miles of the distillery through our long-term partnerships with eleven local farmers.

Our gin is made from our barley spirit redistilled in a Carterhead still. Unlike other gins, we don’t buy neutral spirits made elsewhere.

The Carterhead Still gently steams the botanicals in the spirits vapours rather then boiling them like other regular gin still. The result captures more of the subtle aromas of the botanicals to create complex flavours.

Our barley spirit gives Kerr’s Gin a unique rounded mouthfeel. It tastes awesome as a neat drink and yet works brilliantly with tonic water’s bitterness to deliver a delicious and refreshing Gin & Tonic.

A note on William Kerr:

William Kerr was born in Hawick in the Scottish Borders in 1779, and developed a passion for plants and gardening. In 1804 he travelled to Asia where he gained a reputation as a plant hunter. He sent 238 plant specimens back to Kew Gardens from his travels.

Lower East Side Blended Malt

Lower East Side is a blended malt Scotch whisky expertly blended by our whisky makers at The Borders Distillery. The blend consists of single malts whiskies across Scotland.

It mixes effortlessly wherever it finds itself. Matured in American Oak casks, the whisky boasts of vanilla, almond, honey and a hint of smoke.

Bold and balanced, it is a perfect Scotch whisky for mixing. Not so powerfully smoky that it swamps all ingredients, nor too subtle that it disappears into whatever you’ve mixed it with.

Made in Scotland, at home in a Manhattan.

Puffing Billy Steam Vodka

Puffing Billy Steam Vodka is proudly made at The Borders Distillery using an unusual method. The vodka is an unfiltered malted barley vodka, named after the specially commissioned Carterhead still.

The spirit is first pot-distilled from the locally grown barley before it gets redistilled into vodka using the Carterhead still at the distillery. Once distilled, the vodka is steamed through charcoal inside the still to finish the process.

This process ensures that the delicious flavours and texture of the local barley spirit remain behind even after charcoal filtration.

Our method is uniquely Borders and our vodka is characterful with an incredible creamy mouthfeel.

Where Can You Find Borders Distillery Products in Singapore?

For Industry and Trade:
Spirits Castle is the sole distributor for Borders Distillery in Singapore. We welcome all enquires, and you can reach us at sales@spiritscastle.sg. The products are expected to reach our shores sometimes after the Chinese New Year holidays.

For Retail and Purchase:
Spirits Castle works with an online retailer whose shop can be found on Lazada. The shop name is The Angel Share. Alternative, you can shop for these products at Spirits Castle Webstore. The products are expected to reach our shores sometimes after the Chinese New Year holidays.

For Drinkers:
We are working hard on listing our products at the trendy bars and pubs in Singapore. We will update this section once we find our partners!

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