The chance to be part of making a distillery happen was never on the cards for me - until I heard about the GlenWyvis project. I would have picked it up on social media but had actually been alerted to the planned distillery about 2 years ago when I was chatting to my friend Dennis about my plans to indulge my passion for whisky in some blogging and through my whisky club.
Dennis and I met through salmon and Waitrose. He's big in pink fish and Scottish food and drink. We've chatted a lot about the project to build a distillery in Dingwall to bring the production of whisky back to the town, and of the amazing enthusiasm of John Mackenzie, aka the Flying Farmer, who is the driving force behind the project. John has even had his helicopter resprayed in the distillery colours - there's commitment! You'll see all this on the excellent promotional video on the GlenWyvis website.
Building community through community based projects is very powerful. Buying into the project gives you a share - it is all explained in the offer document. Anyone with an IV postcode can buy in at a lower rate than the rest of us for whom the minimum pledge is £750. Of course, you can always team up with some whisky-loving friends and buy a share together. Sounds good to me.
There have been crowd-funding schemes for distilleries before, but never for one that is to be community owned. Of course GlenWyvis is focused on Dingwall in the Highlands, but the community that will be involved with the distillery will indeed be world-wide, with international interest already registered in the project.
I am delighted to be a part of this. Please join me and let's help to make this craft distillery happen. For the community of Dingwall, and the international whisky-drinking community throughout the world.