Welcome to the Scottish Borders!
Officially opened in March 2018, The Borders Distillery is the first Scotch Whisky distillery operating in the Scottish Borders since 1837. After 180 years, the region, once again, is home to a whisky distillery. The owners hope to recapture the true spirit of the Borders by bringing the art of whisky-making back to the region.
The distillery sits in Hawick, a town famous for its manufacturing history. Hawick is the birthplace of tweed, and cashmere is king. The spirits of industry and enterprise in the wee town inspires the owners of The Borders 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 in 2014 to turn into a fully functional distillery.
Given the building’s historical importance, the owners restored it to its former glory with special attention to details. 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 has a naturally good water source. 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 The 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 The Borders Distillery Offer?
At the moment, The Borders Distillery is offering their premium gin, vodka and blended malt to the world. The whisky makers at the distillery use the new make barley spirit distilled from their copper still as the base for the gin and vodka. The blended malt is a blend of seven single malts found in the Highlands, Speyside and Lowlands of Scotland.