"Overwhelming" demand for green whisky distillery

"Overwhelming" demand for green whisky distillery

One of Scotland’s newest and greenest distilleries is getting off to a flying start with pre-orders for its very first batch of mature spirit selling out three times over.

Adelphi was due to release its Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016 AD after a period of "high demand", with plans to produce just under 2,500 bottles.

However the independent bottler and distiller  said it had received orders for three times that amount, despite the spirit being too young to be called whisky.    

Alex Bruce, Managing Director of Adelphi and the Ardnamurchan Distillery, said: "Prior to a launch we contact our UK and international agents and distributors to gauge interest and take pre-orders. While it’s not unusual for there to be a healthy amount of interest in our whisky, the demand for our new Ardnamurchan Spirit was exceptionally high. We’ve produced 2500 bottles but we could have easily sold three times that amount. Pre-orders were 7500 at the last count."

International demand for the spirt has been high, with of Danish whisky distributor FC Whisky being one of the first firm’s to place an order.

Claus Fisker, of FC Whisky, said : "Adelphi have always attracted a lot of interest and demand among our customers because of the way they work and the total guarantee of high quality. When Alex Bruce and Adelphi started a distillery we knew this would be one of a kind.

"We never tried selling spirit before. We were sure about the quality, but we didn't know the reaction of our customers. It was overwhelming. To be honest it took us by surprise. This shows how strong the brand of Adelphi and Ardnamurchan is."

Mr Bruce added that the release of the Ardnamurchan spirit signalled a new phase in the company’s long history: "Approaching our 25th year of bottling the finest that Scotland can offer, we are delighted to be playing our part in this golden era for the industry.

"To be able to establish, and be part of, a brand-new distillery is something our dedicated team are extremely proud of."