Lost Distillery plans to bring whisky-making to Ayrshire

Scotch producer The Lost Distillery is planning to bring whisky-making to Ayrshire as it moves onto an historic 2,000 acre estate saved from falling into disrepair by Prince Charles.

Prince Charles

The estate on Dumfries House, which was bought by Prince Charles in 2007, is set to be the boutique Scotch producer’s new HQ, which will house a new Whisky Lounge and on-site Hospitality Bar. Moving from its current Kilmarnock location will give the company larger office space in anticipation of it doubling the number of its staff over the next few years, it said.

The move marks the first phase in the company’s plans to redevelop whisky making in Ayrshire countryside, it said. Currently The Lost Distillery Company has three blended malt Scotch whiskies,  Classic, Archivist and Vintage, which are “modern-day interpretations” of spirits from long-closed distilleries such as Auchnagie, Towiemore, Stratheden, Gerston, Lossit and Jericho, created using historic archives.

The brand is owned by parent company Crucial Drinks, who also owns spirit brands Six Saints Rum and West Indies Rum & Cane Merchants.

The Lost Distillery Company’s co-founder, Scott Watson of Crucial Drinks said the overall aim of the company was to build a world class global whisky business in East Ayrshire, which would help to regenerate the area. “Headquartering our operation at this incredible 18th Century estate is a clear demonstration of our commitment to achieving this,” he said.

“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.”

Deputy executive director of Dumfries House Kenneth Dunsmuir said it was delighted that The Lost Distillery Company was to become the first commercial organisation to base their headquarters 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.”

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