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Douglas Laing names Glasgow distillery Clutha

Scotch whisky bottler Douglas Laing & Co has revealed further details about its first distillery, which will be named Clutha.

Clutha Distillery will be based at Pacific Quay next to the banks of the River Clyde

The group revealed plans to move into distilling earlier this year with the building of a £10.7 million (US$14m) site in Glasgow.

Based at Pacific Quay next to the banks of the River Clyde, Clutha (meaning Clyde in Gaelic) will include a bottling complex, whisky laboratory, archive, visitor centre, bar and bistro, and a new corporate head office for family-owned Douglas Laing & Co.

A planning application has now been submitted for the project, which will involve a “skilled distiller” with more than 40 years of experience.

“Douglas Laing has a long and proud association with Glasgow and the Clyde with the city at the heart of the company,” said Chris Leggat, who took over from Fred Laing as CEO of the company in May this year.

“It was important to us that the new distillery was located on the banks of the Clyde as it brings us back to where the company has its heart. After careful consideration the name was selected to reflect our proud heritage and the importance of the location.”

Clutha Distillery’s signature whisky, which will bear the same name, will be a “high-end single malt with a heavy Sherry influence”. The whisky will also be bottled without colouring or chill filtration.

“We have long held this ambition for Douglas Laing to operate its own distillery and bottling operation in Glasgow,” said Cara Laing, director of whisky. “Not only will it bring whisky distilling back to the south side of the city, it will create welcome jobs and generate significant additional high-value exports.”

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