Introducing the members of our small but ambitious team…
We are Patrick & Ian and we grew up together in Edinburgh. Many years ago we shared a flat in London and began to develop a mutual passion for whisky. Ian became a wine merchant, Paddy became an accountant, but all the while we were developing plans to build a distillery in our home town.
Our 6 year (and counting) journey to build this distillery began on a sofa, as two whisky fans who dreamt of making their own single malt. We've got this far thanks to the generosity and passion of scores of whisky industry veterans, visionary investors and highly supportive colleagues, friends and family.
THE GIN DISTILLER
Andy Colman emerged from university as a microbiologist with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), visiting beaches across Scotland to test sea-water quality. It sounds idyllic, but he decided to swap analysis with Brewing & Distilling, and enrolled in Heriot Watt’s MSc course in 2012. He then spent two years as Distillery Operator at Fife’s Kingsbarns Distillery before moving to the capital to work for the famous Edinburgh Gin.
Andy has joined us to take charge of gin production, but also brings invaluable experience to our whisky development as we prepare to design and commission our distillery.
THE WHISKY PIONEER
Victoria Muir-Taylor is another award winning graduate of Heriot Watt’s ICBD and is leading our research programme into the role of yeasts and fermentation in Scotch Whisky production. She previously studied the potential for non-conventional yeast species in low alcohol beer, trained as a brewer with Edinburgh’s excellent Stewart Brewing, and most recently was a distiller at the awesome Glasgow Distillery.
Victoria’s work is at the core of our mission to expand the horizons of Scotch Whisky and we enjoy listening to her using words that we don’t understand.
THE GIN SLINGER
Hannah grew up in Leith, which clearly worked out well for her as she went on to study Physics at Heriot Watt University. Having conquered ‘space’ and ‘time’, she decided to tackle ‘fermentation’ and ‘alcohol’ with a Masters in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot Watt’s ICBD.
As such, she’s wonderfully over-qualified as our Brand Ambassador for Scotland. Drop her a line if you’d like to enquire about stocking our products, and you may also meet her at the various fairs and events we do throughout the year…
THE STILLHOUSE PARTNER
James Porteous studied his craft at the Heriot Watt’s world leading International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) where he graduated top of his year, winning the Brewer's Company Award and the Allied Brewery Traders Association Prize, and then going on to win the Watt Club postgraduate medal. He went on to found the Electric Spirit Company where his incredible Achroous Gin caught our attention. We share our stillhouse, equipment and experience with James in a cooperative arrangement that is unique in Scotland.
Sadly there’s no more room in our shed right now, but there will be more jobs created throughout 2019 and 2020, so please do check back in or join our mailing list for updates.