Ga naar de inhoud

The Cairn


The Cairn is owned by Gordon & MacPhail, a fourth-generation family business. Starting out back in the 19th Century as shop owners, we have grown to be wholesalers, whisky bottlers and distillery owners. But throughout this growth we have always kept true to our origins and remain an independent family business firmly rooted in the local community.

The intention is to produce an unpeated single malt from the 2 traditional wash stills and 4 spirit stills. Capacity 2.000.000 Ltrs

First manager is Mhairi Winters formerly from Balvenie and Kininvie. The first whisky is expected in the mid 2030s.

Every journey must start somewhere. Ours begins at 57 degrees North of the equator which has inspired the name of our first whiskies.

Available to taste and buy only at The Cairn Distillery, CRN57° is a range of Scotch whiskies created by our master blenders giving you a chance to discover notes, flavours and aromas you’ll eventually experience in the first expressions produced at The Cairn. Taste tomorrow, today.

Our core range offers a sweet palate, with hints of pepper and oak as we move up the age ranges.

On the nose, you can expect fruit, spice and subtle candied undertones.

CRN57 Bottle
CRN57 Premium
The premium ages offers stewed fruit scents with hints of sweet caramel, aged oak and aged leather.

Smooth on the palate, roasted coffee bean combines with a hint of dried tobacco and an undertone of cracked black pepper.

1.  I thought that you might be interested in the below.

2.  Do you have any specifications on The Cairn Distillery which began operations on May 27, 2022? I know that its capacity is 2-Mlpa, using combo of brewer’s and distiller’s yeast, 3 Wash stills @ 13,500L capacity, sherry cask maturation and 6 stills.

For millennia, cairns (stacks of stones) have inspired people to explore new paths and this is your opportunity to take that first step to realise a long-held dream.
As part of our Beacon of Inspiration series, we are offering three aspiring snappers the chance to work with Rachel Cohen - a professional iPhone photographer with a hugely popular Instagram account - to hone their skills and learn new techniques to create insta-worthy images.  
Our three lucky winners will join Rachel at The Cairn on 19th-20th June for an inspiring smartphone camera workshop.  With tips on how to capture architecture, the environment and movement, as well as insider information on how to compose food and drink images - this is an opportunity not to be missed!
To enter all you need to do is tell us why you’ve always harboured a dream to become an expert photographer and highlight what it would mean to join Rachel on an all-expenses paid trip to our beautiful home nestled in the Cairngorms.

Competition opens on 8th May 2024 and closes at midnight 19th May 2024. Over 18s only.  For full Terms and Conditions visit

Our visitor centre sits on the river Spey and our glass fronted tasting room has spectacular views of the Cairngorms making it the perfect place to enjoy a whisky.  Our experiences start from £25, with three options for tours available and our bistro – the Gathering – is open for light lunches (booking is recommended).

For those of you venturing to The Cairn this summer, make sure to pick up our newest release – CRN57 Step Two - a limited-edition 14 Year Old blended malt Scotch whisky, which marks the second step on our path to releasing our first single malt.


Terug naar de inhoud