The Bonnington Distillery

Our History

The result of a multi-million-pound investment, The Bonnington Distillery was commissioned in 2019 and began production in March 2020, with an estimated 4200 casks per year. It is the first single malt distillery in Leith, Edinburgh, for nearly 100 years.

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The Process

To say the water we use in the distillation process is locally sourced would be something of an understatement. It is drawn from an ancient aquifer located 147m below the distillery.

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Our Equipment

This state-of-the-art distillery has unique Twin-Linked Receivers, which means the distillers can create two different spirit types from the same distillation. In addition, the two enormous 30-tonne grain silos mean we can use two tonnes of malted barley per mash. There is a single 2.5-tonne mash tun and six 10,000 litre fermentation vessels inside which the wort is fermented for at least 48 hours. We also have two bespoke-made squat-neck stills which are made by Speyside Copper Works.

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Our Distiller: Jamie Lockhart

Our Bonnington Distillery is managed by our young and innovative team of distillers led by distillery manager Jamie Lockhart. The team bring a blend of unique skills and true passion for distilling to this exciting Bonnington location.
Jamie joined the team at the Bonnington Distillery as a distillery operative back in 2018, and was promptly promoted to lead distiller soon after.
Having been on the ground from the very beginning, Jamie has been an integral to the growth of the distillery, overseeing the launch of Bonnington’s Inaugural Release, growing the team from five to 12, managing efficiencies and reducing the environmental impact of the production process.
Jamie is working alongside Master Blender, Jill Boyd, to build up a stock profile of age and cask types at the distillery, and they will bring their combined expertise to the development of Bonnington’s flagship Single Malt and range of limited releases.

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