It’s a rum do as first dis­tillery for 300 years opens doors in city

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY NIALL CHRISTIE

THE first rum dis­tillery to open in the city of Glas­gow in over 300 years opens this month.

Partick-based Wester Spirit Co will soon be pro­duc­ing more than 6000 bot­tles of pre­mium spirit ev­ery month when the op­er­a­tion gets fully un­der way.

This rep­re­sents a 2400 per cent in­crease in pro­duc­tion, as pre­vi­ously the brand had only been able to put 250 bot­tles per month up for sale.

Spirit Dis­tillery is lo­cated in the hive of Partick, a nat­u­ral home for a dis­tinc­tive and creative brand to re­side amongst the vi­brant eclec­tic mix of bars and eater­ies

Co-founders Zan­der Macgre­gor and Allan Nairn moved to Glas­gow for uni­ver­sity and have been mak­ing the drink for the past year in Perth.

The in­no­va­tive dis­tillery boasts ground­break­ing in­dus­try tech­niques, in­clud­ing the use of a stain­less steel still, in­stead of the tra­di­tional cop­per al­ter­na­tive.

Bosses hope this will pro­vide a “truly unique” taste as a re­sult, in­dulging cus­tomers in the spices, cit­rus zest and vanilla el­e­ments to the drink.

De­spite the mod­ern twists, the rum is still rooted in Glas­gow’s his­tory.

The brand’s sig­na­ture spirit is named af­ter the Wester Sugar House Com­pany in Can­d­leriggs which pro­duced rum and re­fined sugar cane dur­ing the 17th cen­tury.

Tours around the dis­tillery will be held with a mas­ter­class in the his­tory and process of rum pro­duc­tion, end­ing with the op­por­tu­nity for guests to cre­ate their own cock­tail.

How­ever, these are not ex­pected to be­gin un­til early next year.

In the mean­time, the dis­tillery will also host pop-up restau­rants and se­cret gigs, which kicked off last week with col­lec­tive So­far Sounds Glas­gow host­ing their most re­cent event in the dis­tillery.

Co-founders Allan Nairn and Zan­der Macgre­gor

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