Phil and Simon Thompson, are well known for running the family owned Dornoch Castle Hotel, in the North of Scotland. The brothers run the well respected whisky bar which specialises in old discontinued bottles at fair prices.  The whisky bar has been awarded SLTN Whisky bar of the year 2014 & 2016, CAMRA regional pub of the year 2012,2013,2014 as well as being the No1 rated whisky hotel on whiskybase.com.  The brothers have been involved with Dornoch Castle for 15 years and enjoy being a family enterprise.

Our family business.

Our family business.

 

The brothers have also run specialist tastings in the UK, Europe, Canada and China.  Phil has recently returned from running a pop up whisky bar in Japan for 1 month.  They have also been running the popular ‘Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar’  facebook page for over 6 years.

After many years of discussing starting a distillery which would produce in an ‘old-style’ the brothers have finally decided to put their house on the market and pursue the dream…...

Our building is attached to the Castle grounds.

Our building is attached to the Castle grounds.

Yes, that is a very small building and we are cramming in a lot of functionality into a very small space and since we already own the building and we can carry out a project on a small scale without equity investors or bank loans making it a resilient little business that can survive whatever the next 50 years+ has to throw at it with all the tools we need to search for the elixir of yummy old style fruitiness.

Some doodles for the building warrant submission.

Some doodles for the building warrant submission.

We'll be running a wee set of direct gas fired pot stills, 1000 litre and 600 litre as well as a 2000 litre column still.  While laying down barrels of new make spirit we will also be applying our old school principals to experimenting with white spirits production with an initial focus on gin.  Although our budget will get us up and running, we need to make a white spirit that is good enough to fund whisky production for the first few years.  The better the white spirit does, the more barrels we can lay down for longer.

She is a pretty little thing and just needs some love.  Dornochs old fire station, built in 1881

She is a pretty little thing and just needs some love.  Dornochs old fire station, built in 1881

Please keep an eye on our news page, facebook and twitter for updates.

Cheers

Phil & Simon Thompson

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