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Uilebheist distillery unveils cask programme

Highland distillery Uilebheist, the first to be built in the city of Inverness in 130 years, is offering 100 casks of its whisky for sale.

Uilebheist distillery
Uilebheist distillery has rolled out a new cask programme

The £6 million (US$7.3m) whisky distillery and brewery is to be opened in the city of Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands, for the first time in 130 years. The site is named after the Scots’ Gaelic word for ‘monster’.

Uilebheist (spelled phonetically as ‘EWL-uh-vehst’) has released 100 numbered casks as part of a new cask programme. The distillery aims to produce 200-250 casks each year.

Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks are available to purchase with a minimum maturation period of 10 years, with buyers given the opportunity to visit and sample their cask as it matures.

Master distiller Bruce Smith said: “Our cask programme is an opportunity for whisky lovers to join us at the very beginning of our whisky journey with spirit produced in the heart of Inverness, right on the banks of the river.

“We see this as an opportunity for people from near and far to own a piece of local whisky history, with Uilebheist being the first distillery to operate in the region of Inverness for 40 years, and the first to be built in the city for 130 years.”

The distillery anticipates “high demand” for its 100 casks, Smith said.

The site claims to be on track to become one of the lowest carbon distilleries in Scotland.

The site will include an energy centre, powered with water from the nearby River Ness. It is expected to save an estimated 250 tonnes of carbon annually.

Heat pumps within the energy centre will provide heating and hot water, which will be distributed across the Glen Mhor Hotel complex. The process is said to be the first of its kind in Scotland and further development stages are planned to enable the site to expand significantly.

“Uilebheist will be a Highland single malt like no other, because of our fresh and innovative approach to whisky making that leaves almost no carbon footprint, whilst maintaining the traditional principles that have been used in Scotland for hundreds of years,” Smith added.

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