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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.

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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.

> “Gramsdale Distillery Project”
> The Uist Distilling Company
> Gramsdale, Benbecula HS7 5QP
> Outer Hebrides

Name has not been announced. This is the Angus A. MacMillan project.
> *New water of life with Benbecula Distillery *Sept 2, 2022/
> StornowayGaz/Brian Wilson Construction has begun on the new Benbecula
> Distillery, creating local jobs and adding to the widening range of Hebridean drinks production. The new site is expected to be open to the public in Spring 2023.
> Spearheaded by South Uist father and son duo Angus A MacMillan and Angus E MacMillan, Benbecula Distillery will pay homage to the island’s rich maritime heritage. These include a storytelling corner, a seafood bar and a Lighthouse offering 360 degree views over Benbecula looking as far as Skye, Harris and the Monach Isles.  
> Construction and installation of equipment on the Gramsdale site is to be completed by the end of this year with production due to commence early in 2023 and doors opening to the public in the spring.
> Local contractor MacInnes Brothers Ltd. has been awarded the contract for the build phase and this will be augmented by suppliers of distillery equipment from within the Highlands and Islands.
> The new distillery is set to offer gin and whisky from Benbecula, adding to the young drinks market which is flourishing throughout the Hebrides with quality products emerging from Harris, North Uist, Barra and Tiree.
> Benbecula Distillery has the ambition to be producing 500,000 bottles of whisky per year and it is estimated that this will create an initial 10-12 local jobs.

Jack W. Smith Jr., Keeper of the Quaich, Certified Specialist of Spirits (The Society of Wine Educators), The Council of Whiskey Masters (Advisory Board), President, Metro Atlanta Scotch Club

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