The origins of Dartmoor Whisky Distillery can be traced back to Islay in the Hebrides several years ago, where a group of whisky enthusiasts had travelled to make whisky. On their return, they began to question why there weren’t any whisky distilleries in Devon.
The county’s climate and soil is perfect for growing great quality barley, the granite geology of Dartmoor is a wonderful filter for clear spring water, and the exceptional air quality with sea breezes provide great storage during maturation.
With outstanding local producers like Warminster Maltings, one of the oldest established traditional barley malting houses in the country, and more cask beer brewers than any other county in England, all of the components to make a very fine single malt whisky are here in Devon.
After working at Bruichladdich Distillery on the island of Islay back in 2009, our founder Greg Millar dreamt up this project. With the help of Simon Crow, this dream became a reality and Dartmoor Whisky was born.
Greg scoured the globe for the very best still to create our new make spirit, and found our beautiful 1966 copper still in the heart of the French countryside in Cognac. The still arrived in Devon in 2014 and was soon installed in its new home, the Old Bovey Tracey Town Hall. This wonderful Victorian building is the perfect place to house our distillery and gave the building a much-needed new lease of life.
Mr Frank McHardy, a master distiller with over 50 years of experience at Springbank and Bushmills Distilleries, travelled from Campbeltown in Scotland to assess our project. We were delighted when Frank agreed to be our Master Distiller, and he has guided us throughout each stage of our process to ensure that we produce a very fine single malt whisky.
With all of the components in place, Dartmoor Whisky Distillery began producing the South West’s very first whisky in February 2018.
Pictured above is Greg Millar on the left and Miguel Danjou on the right, the day Greg flew down to Cognac to acquire the still.
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The Old Town Hall, Town Hall Place, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon, England, TQ13 9EG