Ardnamurchan Distillery is located in Argyll, on the most westerly point of the British mainland, in the Highlands of Scotland. Legal distilling was unknown on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula until independent bottler Adelphiopened its distillery there in 2014. This is not however the first distillery to bear the Adelphi name. The original was built in the Gorbals district of Glasgow in 1826, passing into the hands of Archibald Walker in 1880, making the firm the only distiller to make whisky in Scotland, Ireland and England. By 1887 it was producing over 500,000 gallons of both malt and grain whisky a year. It was bought by DCL (Distillers Company Limited) in 1903 and its pot stills stopped four years later because of the “Great Gorbals Disaster”. One of the colossal washbacks in the distillery collapsed, engulfing the neighbouring street in a tidal wave of hot alcohol and resulting in fatality; one man drowned and many others were lucky to escape. The site is now where Glasgow’s Central Mosque stands. Archibald Walker's great-grandson, Jamie, started Adelphi as an independent bottler in 1993. Its current owners bought the firm in 2004.
Ardnamurchan Distillery is strongly committed to green and sustainable principles; all the power and heat requirements come from local renewables. The river that provides the distillery’s cooling water has a hydro-electricity generator and the biomass boiler is fuelled by woodship from local forestry. The overall footprint of the distillery is 1. In addition, the by-products of the whisky-making process are recycled on the peninsula. The still energy-rich draff (what is left in the mash tun) is combined with the pot ale to produce animal feed for use on the peninsula. The first bottling was released in 2016. There were 2,500 bottles available to the world and it was sold overnight.
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