Witchburn Distillery – Neue Destillerie für Campbeltown genehmigt

In Campbeltown wird es nach aktueller Planung Ende nächsten Jahres mit der Witchburn Distillery eine weitere neue Destillerie geben. Der unabhängige Abfüller Brave New Spirits hat heute die Planning Application (den Bauantrag) eingereicht. Update: der Bauantrag wurde genehmigt!

Im Überblick – Witchburn Distillery

  • Region: Campbeltown
  • Wo: ehemaliger RAF Machrihanish Luftstützpunkt in Campbeltown
  • Status: „final planning application“ an das Argyll & Bute Council eingereicht
  • Eröffnung: Geplant Q4/2024
  • Welche Art Whisky: unpeated, lightly peated und heavily peated
  • Founding Master Distiller: Andrew Nairn
  • Mitarbeiter: Geplant 30 neue Jobs
  • Geplante Produktion:
    • 2 mLPA
    • 100% grüne erneuerbare Energiequellen
    • Aktuellster Stand der Technik bzgl. Hitze- und Energierückgewinnung
    • Geplant ist ein 24/7 Betrieb, um möglichst energiesparend zu arbeiten
    • 1 Mash tun (Kapazität 5 Tonnen)
    • 16 Washbacks (Kapazität jeweils 30.000 Liter; Fermentationszeit 96 Stunden oder mehr)
    • 2 Wash Stills (Kapazität jeweils 16.000 Liter)
    • 2 Spirit Stills (Kapazität jeweils 7.000 Liter)
  • Die Webseite der Witchburn Distillery

(Pressemitteilung, Brave New Spirits)



Witchburn – A Campbeltown Distillery, where tradition meets technology and sustainability

Glasgow. 24/05/2023. The Glasgow-based independent whisky bottler and blender Brave New Spirits, have today submitted a final planning application to Argyll & Bute council, for a new single malt whisky distillery at the former RAF Machrihanish airbase in Campbeltown.

Update: Glasgow. 29/08/23. The Glasgow-based independent whisky bottler and blender Brave New Spirits, have today announced that they have been granted planning permission from Argyll & Bute council, for a new single malt whisky distillery at the former RAF Machrihanish airbase in Campbeltown.

The Witchburn Distillery, which will be located between Campbeltown Airport and Machrihanish Village, will use traditional distilling craftsmanship to produce unpeated, lightly peated and heavily peated malts.

Witchburn – Skizze der Außenansicht

The new Net Zero carbon production distillery – which will produce 2 million litres of alcohol per year, will be powered by 100% green renewable energy sources and the latest in heat and energy recovery systems, making Witchburn one of the most environmentally friendly distillery in Scotland. The distillery is planning to run 24/7, to ensure it keeps reusing as much heat and energy as possible.

Witchburn takes its name from the word Witch; originally meant folk healers, mostly ‘wised women’ using herbs and power of imagination. Previously amongst the most respected people in village life. Burn; which comes from the Scots Gaelic for naturally occurring fresh water stream or very small river that flows into a larger river.

When complete Witchburn will operate with 1 Mash tun – with a capacity of 5 tons; 16 Washbacks – each with a capacity of 30,000 litres, allowing for a fermentation period of 96 hours or more; 2 Wash Stills – each with a capacity of 16,000 litres and 2 Spirit Stills – each with a capacity of 7,000 litres.

Witchburn – Skizze der Innenansicht

Witchburn has a carefully planned wood policy, with the majority of its spirit to be filled into barrels from famous American Bourbon producers, Oloroso Sherry casks from various Bodegas, selected Tawny and Ruby Port barriques and organic Bordeaux wine barriques. The distillery will mature its casks in on-site warehousing close to the sea, and in warehouses in the Campbeltown area.

Production at Witchburn will be headed by Founding Master Distiller, Andrew Nairn, former Distillery Manager of Glenkinchie, Strathmill and Borders Distillery, who said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Organic Architects and Frilli to develop a distillery to produce a truly great Campbeltown Spirit to combine traditional artisan methods of whisky-making with the latest green technology is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Witchburn, which plans to create around 30 permanent new jobs in production, warehousing, and distribution, also plans to open a visitors’ centre in the next few years.

Commenting on the news, joint owners of Brave New Spirits and the new Witchburn Distillery, Adam Hochul and Alexander Springensguth, said: “We are looking forward becoming part of the community, contributing to the already worldwide reputation of Campbeltown whisky. We could not find a better location to build our first still house. The distillery is a great addition to our existing portfolio of internationally recognised brands of Scotch whisky, but also an opportunity to give back to the outstanding community of Scottish whisky distillers.”

“The whole design aims to produce a typical, complex and full-bodied Campbeltown malt. Our aim is to recreate a whisky like it has been produced many decades ago.”

Update 28.08.23: Commenting on the news, Adam Hochul, Co-Founder of Brave New Spirits and the new Witchburn Distillery, said: “We were delighted to receive this news today. Our team is excited to be working with the Campbeltown community in the coming months and years to develop Witchburn Distillery”

Production at Witchburn Distillery is due to commence in the last quarter of 2024.