Glencadam Distillery Invests in New Visitor Centre

Glencadam Distillery in Brechin expects to have its new world-class visitor centre up and running within the next couple of years.

The owner, Angus Dundee Distillers, is currently spending heavily on redeveloping the site.

The visitor centre is to feature a whisky-tasting area, tour, restaurant and shop.

Other working currently ongoing on the site includes the distillery offices being relocated in one of the old warehouses.

Glencadam is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and dates back to 1825.

Brian Megson, a director at Dundee Angus Distillers, said Glencadam currently employs 17 people and the plan is to add several more posts when the visitor centre opens.

He said: “It will be a nice attraction for the growing number of people interested in the whisky story.

“We have not had a visitor centre at Glencadam before and are keen to show the distillery to tourists from all over the world.  It is all part of the marketing experience.”

Mr Megson stressed his company’s long-term commitment to the distillery and the Brechin area, and said the current investment in the site will total significant seven-figure sum.

Glencadam was owned by Allied Domecq before being bought by Dundee Angus Distillers in 2003.

It had been mothballed for several years before the sale.

Mr Megson said: “We started it up immediately and I am proud to report it has been in full production ever since.”

Glencadam is sold throughout the world, with its main markets including the US and the Far East.

Mr Megson said its single malt has proven popular with enthusiasts as it is bottled at 46% volume, instead of the more normal 40%.

“Also we don’t chill filter or colour or single malt, as we think it gives our whisky more flavour than others which are chill filtered or coloured.”

Recent evidence of Glencadam’s popularity Came when it won gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge 2020.

Glencadam produces around 1.4 million litres of spirit a year, which either ends up in blended whisky, or the Glencadam single malt.

Mr Megson said Covid-19 has not had much impact on the distillery as they have managed to work through the pandemic, though he said it was difficult to pinpoint any effect on sales to date.

But he said the 25% tariff on single malt Scotch whisky exports to the US introduced in 2019 had been “very damaging” to sales for the industry.

As regards the effects following Brexit going through, Mr Megson reported it had only caused minor disruption to his company.

As well as Glencadam, Angus Dundee Distillers also have the Tomintoul Distillery and a bottling plant in Coatbridge.

It has more than 60 years experience of distilling, bottling and exporting whisky and other spirits to more than 80 countries around the world.

The firm’s results for the year to June 30, 2020 have just been posted at Companies House.

They show a big jump in turnover to nearly £60 million from £48.1 million the year before.

Pre-tax profits also surged to £17.5 million from £12.4 million previously.

In the strategic report with the results, the firm said the big increase in turnover was mostly due to an improved performance in the EU market.

The Angus Dundee Distillers workforce during the year rose from 153 to 144.

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