Glasgow Distillery Co

(l-r) Liam Hughes, Mike Hayward and Ian McDougall, co-founders of The Glasgow Distillery Company, raise a dram to toast 1770, their first whisky release

Whisky distilling returns to Glasgow

The first single malt whisky in over 100 years to be drummed up in Glasgow will go on sale later this year.

The Glasgow Distillery Company, the first independent single malt distillery to open in the city since 1902, has announced the launch of its 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

With only 5,000 bottles existing globally, bottles will be allocated via a ballot with online registration opening today (9 March).

Named 1770 in a nod to the city’s forgotten past (the original Glasgow Distillery, now long-gone, was founded that year), the single malt is said to represent the beginnings of a renaissance for single malt whisky in the area.

The single malt whisky’s hometown has transformed into a hotbed of innovation in recent years, with more new businesses and events setting up in Glasgow than ever before. It’s this spirited mentality that helped to inspire 1770.

Its founders say 1770 represents a bright new chapter; the “new spirit of Glasgow”. “Our surroundings have definitely shaped us,” said Liam Hughes, CEO and co-founder of The Glasgow Distillery Company.

“Glasgow is more industrious than industrial now - it’s somewhere that doesn’t stand still and always strives to better itself. And that’s exactly what we wanted for 1770; something distinctive, enterprising and of quality.

“The city is now part of a new chapter in the world of single malt whisky, which is really exciting. Our 1770 shines a light on modern Scotland – we’ve produced something we are very proud of.”

1770 is the first wave of single malt whisky to be released by The Glasgow Distillery Company – but not the last.

In 2019 and 2020, peated and triple-distilled single malt expressions will be released as part of continued annual limited-edition releases.