David Robertson at the Engine Shed

David Robertson at the Engine Shed

Former The Macallan master distiller David Robertson is to open the first single malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh for 90 years.

The City of Edinburgh Council has entered into a lease for a new distillery at the Engine Shed near Holyrood Park. The GBP2m (US$3m) project is still subject to planning permission. 

Holyrood Park Distillery will initially employ around 25 staff. The business aims to start distilling whisky by summer 2016 and release a single malt whisky within four years. It will produce 100,000 litres of alcohol per year, resulting in around 250,000 bottles of mature single malt in 8 to 12 years’ time.

Robertson, project lead and master distiller of the Holyrood Park Distillery, said: “We are very excited by the prospect of resurrecting the proud tradition of distilling single malt whisky in Edinburgh, following a 90 year absence of whisky distilling in the capital."