I stuck my nose in at the new Newton distillery today after picking up some whisky from Martin at Creetown.
It is coming on in leaps and bounds. The exterior windows are in place, and the building is wind and watertight, meaning fitting out the interior is speeding up.
The wooden floor is partially laid, wall cladding is started, and the electrics and plumbing are well underway.
The reception worktop, or counter, if that is what it is to be, is spectacular to say the least.
It is a 20 or 30 foot solid tree trunk, looks like a Scots Pine, and a slice has been cut off from end to end, leaving a flat surface two or three feet wide.
When mounted in three marble ‘U’ shaped holders, it will be impressive to say the least.
There is no doubt this new distillery is going to attract visitors, and with three other proposed distilleries in Dumfries and Borders getting the ‘nod’ from the Scottish Parliament, a fully fledged Lowland Whisky Trail may soon be a reality.
Just think, from Hawick to Bladnoch, six distilleries and Martin’s whisky complex in Creetown. What an attraction for the south of Scotland !
Cheers ‘n’ beers, Rab.