The Big Borders Question?


Putting the Borders ‘back on the whisky map’ with the first new distillery since 1937 – the big question is where R&B Distillers should build their new distillery? Whisky fans from around the Word are invited to vote for the favourite locations from a list that includes: the Tweed Valley, Peebles, Kelso, Melrose, Galashiels, Selkirk and Eyemouth.

Alasdair Day, co-founder of the R&B Distillers, said: ““It’s really quite remarkable that somewhere as iconic as the Scottish Borders has remained untouched by whisky distilling for such a long time.

“Just like whiskies from the Highlands, Speyside, or Islay, a small batch whisky distilled in the Borders will have its own unique flavour, informed by the provenance and terroir of the region.

“We’re incredibly excited to be asking whisky lovers from around the world ‘the big question’ and crowd sourcing opinion on where a Borders distillery would be best placed.

“It’s time to get the Borders back on the whisky map!”

Alasdair, in particular, has a special connection with the Borders; his great-grandfather Richard Day was a whisky blender based in Coldstream in the early 1900s. After inheriting an original cellar book in 2009, Alasdair quit his day job and set about recreating The Tweeddale – the name of his great-grandfather’s original small batch, blended Scotch Whisky.

The Tweeddale is now exported to America, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan, and Singapore, and of course available to purchase right here in the UK, including from our online shop.

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