Distillery investment is a dram fine idea
Scotland’s first communityfunded distillery is set to begin production this November after crowdfunding raised £3 million in just two years.
The first drams from the GlenWyvis Distillery in Dingwall should be ready to be sampled by 2020.
It’s the brainchild of John Mckenzie – known as the “flying farmer” for his day job shuttling VIPs including Nicolas Sturgeon around Scotland by helicopter and his collection of unusual livestock.
His work as a pilot has taken him to distilleries across the country and convinced him there was enough appetite for a community-owned venture based in his hometown.
The former army officer never expected it to happen so quickly, as more than 3000 investors from 30 different countries bought shares.
“Flying showed me how big and important the Scotch malt whisky industry is, but I would be lying if I didn’t say this had gone better than I thought it would – it has been amazing,” said John.
“We’ve done something unique here, it’s the largest crowd-funded amount raised for a community project in the UK and something everyone involved should be proud of.
“There must be a lot of Dingwallians all around the world.”