The Lost Distillery Company secures prestigious new home on royal estate

LtR Kenneth Dunsmuir, Brian Woods & Scott Watson

LtR Kenneth Dunsmuir, Brian Woods & Scott Watson

Boutique Scotch whisky producer, The Lost Distillery Company, has announced that it has relocated to one of Scotland’s finest stately homes and estates, Dumfries House.

The company, which hand-crafts modern interpretations of legendary whiskies from long closed distilleries across Scotland, will now operate from the 2000-acre estate in Ayrshire that was saved from falling into disrepair by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Rothesay in 2007.

The new ‘brand home’ for The Lost Distillery Company will include a Whisky Lounge and VIP Hospitality Bar, along with office space for ten employees who manage the business across 40 global markets.  Staff numbers are expected to double in the next few years and apprenticeship opportunities will be created in East Ayrshire, as part of the company’s future growth plans.

Strong synergies exist between Dumfries House and The Lost Distillery Company, as both organisations have roots in Ayrshire and are keen to contribute to its economic rejuvenation, ensuring provenance and craft remain at the heart of the partnership.

Scott Watson, Co-Founder of Crucial Drinks and The Lost Distillery Company, said:

“The overall aim of our company is to build a world class global whisky business in East Ayrshire. Headquartering our operation at this incredible 18th Century estate is a clear demonstration of our commitment to achieving this.”

“The protection of Dumfries House is an outstanding achievement that offers huge opportunities for the future, as we share HRH, The Duke of Rothesay’s vision to regenerate the area.  Our new home on the estate provides the perfect platform to breathe life into Scotland’s lost whisky heritage.  We are honoured to be a part of the continued journey at Dumfries House and look forward to showcasing our diverse drinks portfolio to the world.”

Kenneth Dunsmuir, Deputy Executive Director of Dumfries House, said:

“We are delighted that The Lost Distillery Company has become the first commercial organisation to base their headquarters here at Dumfries House.”

“We always strive to encourage and support the work of local, innovative companies and have been impressed by The Lost Distillery’s vision to reinvigorate whisky-making in Ayrshire, as well as their desire to create jobs in the local area and provide educational opportunities in a traditional Scottish craft.”

Over 100 Scotch whisky distilleries have permanently closed in the last century. Despite being renowned for their excellent quality malts, the distilleries were largely shut down due to the effects of war and politics. The Lost Distillery Company brings the stories of famed distilleries and their people back to life, to offer hand crafted blended malt Scotch whiskies. Steeped in history, these malts are re-imagined expressions of lost whisky legends.

The Lost Distillery Company’s relocation to Dumfries House is the first phase of a long term strategic plan. Future phases will focus on developing whisky-making in Ayrshire.

Source: Canvas Communications 

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