Several years ago a group of whisky enthusiasts visited Islay to make whisky. On their return they said why has no one ever made whisky in Devon?
We have the climate and soil to grow great quality barley. We have the granite geology of Dartmoor that filters wonderful Dartmoor spring water, and we have the air quality, and sea breezes to provide great storage during maturation.
With great local producers, such as Warminster Maltings, one of the oldest established traditional barley malting houses in the country, and with more cask beer brewers than any other county in England, all the components are here to make very fine single malt whisky.
Greg dreamt up this project whilst working at Bruichladdich Distillery on the island of Islay back in 2009.
Greg Millar and Simon Crow came together to make this dream a reality.
Greg found our still in Cognac and brought it to Devon in 2014. We then found our wonderful distillery building, Bovey Tracey Town Hall, the perfect building to be home to our project, and to give a much needed new lease of life to a great Victorian building.
We brought Mr Frank McHardy from Campbeltown to Dartmoor to assess our project. We were delighted when Frank assessed our plans and consented to be our Master Distiller. Frank has 50 years of experience as a master distiller, working at both Springbank and Bushmills Distilleries, Frank guides us throughout each stage of our processes to ensure we make a beautiful single malt Dartmoor Whisky.
And so we entered 2017 with all the components in place to start producing Dartmoor Single Malt Whisky.
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
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
This funding was to support our project to renovate and develop our distillery.