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InchDairnie distillery

InchDairnie is one of many recent distilleries built to supply whisky primarily for the blending market rather than consumers a fact reflected in the lack of marketing and visitor centre. Instead anticipating increased demand for malt for blending Ian Palmer established a relationship with MacDuff International (the Glasgow-based blender responsible for Grand Macnish, Lauder’s, and Islay Mist) allowing a guaranteed route to market.

Although having clocked up 40 years in the whisky industry, working at Glen Turner, Glen Moray, Invergordon and Starlaw distilleries, it’s fair to say that Ian Palmer is primarily a grain distillery a sector he describes as having "no fear of technology and a willingness to give something a go". Perhaps it’s this background that makes InchDairnie break with convention, opting for a hammer mill over the conventional roller mill, ditching the mash tun in favour of a conversion vessel and a mash filter, and perhaps most excitingly installing a Lomond still not seen in the Lowlands since the closure of Dumbarton in 2002. Throughout Ian has been careful to liaise with the Scottish Whisky Association to ensure they follow the letter of the law however.

So we’re unlikely to see the first Malt release until around 2029, but the brands ‘Ryelaw’ rye, one of the first commercial pot still rye spirits made in Scotland for more than 200 years, is expected to be released shortly.

InchDairnie factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
InchDairnie Lowlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 2014 - Present Malt, Rye InchDairnie Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
John Fergus & Co.

InchDairnie Timeline:

2011: John Fergus & Co. is established

2014: Work begins on InchDairnie distillery in July

2015: The first spirit runs from InchDairnie's stills in December

2016: The distillery is officially opened

2017: In November 'Ryelaw' the first Rye whisky is distilled

2029: The first malt whisky is expected to be released

Useful InchDairnie links:

InchDairnie at ScotchWhisky

InchDairnie at Whiskybase

Interesting InchDairnie links:

Ian Palmer talks to SMWS Unfiltered (Video)


Can I tour InchDairnie?

No, unfortunately InchDairnie distillery is not open to the public for tours