Guest Blog #9:What would visitors to a new whisky centre like to see and do?
Nick White, Managing Director of A.Dewar Rattray Ltd, Independent Bottler, is today’s guest blogger on “What Do You Know?”. Nick questions “ What would visitors to a new whisky centre like to see and do?”
We are opening a new head office, shop and whisky centre in Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire. This is a development that the company owner, Stanley Walker Morrison (former part owner of Morrison Bowmore Distillers), has always wanted to do. Now in association with A.Dewar Rattray Ltd we are developing a unique whisky centre with :
• a small warehouse room where you can fill your own bottle straight from an actual maturing cask
• an extensive sample room where you can nose and taste a plethora of samples from single casks
• a formal tasting room with whisky artifacts, collectibles on display, cooperage tools and other whisky related memorabilia
My problem is there is nothing like this currently in existence. Apart for the Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh the only whisky centres are part of distilleries. In addition, there is nothing like this at all on the mainland West of Scotland. Arran is the nearest distillery that you can visit. Grants/Ailsa Bay is very near us but they are not open to the public.
I would be fascinated to know what would attract enthusiasts to visit us. Any new ideas on what is missing from distillery tours?
Please note that the Whisky Centre does not open until April 2011. Renovation work has just started.