Dis­tillery in­vest­ment is a dram fine idea

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Opinion -

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.”

John Mcken­zie

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