Whisky plans not dampened

Whisky distillery
Whisky distillery

Last weekend’s flooding in Commercial Road will not affect long-term plans to open a £10million distillery in Commercial Road.

The area was badly hit once again as the Teviot burst its banks, but according to John Fordyce, the man at the helm of the ambitious plan, it’s business as usual.

He plans to be up and running in 2017.

Mr Fordyce said the latest flooding will not put him off setting up in Hawick.

“Oh no, this will make no difference whatsoever”, and he joked, “you need rain to make whisky, but that aside this has not put me off coming to Hawick.

“We will start the planning applications and processes in the new year and work will start later next year, and we will open in July 2017.”

And although it may be the end of the decade before Hawick-distilled whisky is available for sale, due to a minimum three-year process, Mr Fordyce says his company will be buying, selling and trading whisky, including their Clan Fraser blend in under two years.

And he added that The Three Stills Company plan to make gin also, saying: “It is really easy to make gin, but it is very difficult to make good gin.”

The former Turnbull and Scott offices will be turned into a visitor centre and admin block, while the engineering works at the rear will house the distillery.

“It’s very exciting,” enthused Mr Fordyce, adding: “We don’t plan to knock anything down. I am keen to use what we have. It is a wonderfully important part of Hawick’s industrial past.”

The distillery will be the first of its kind in the Borders for close to 200 years and is expected to provide the town with a huge touirism boost.