Alex Nicol at the new Leith distillery
Edinburgh Gin is to open a second distillery in the city to enable it to cope with demand. The 250,000 investment in Leith will increase capacity fourfold. Managing director Alex Nicol told Daily Business that he hoped to be in production in Leith by the end of February. The new distillery is being installed in a former Burton s biscuit factory in Anderson Place and will employ about half a dozen staff. It will complement the current craft distillery in Rutland Place adjacent to the Caledonian Hotel, which is particularly popular with tourists.
The new operation will put the company on a more industrial footing.
It will be a lot bigger. We are running out of capacity to keep up with demand, said Mr Nicol who is shipping more orders to the US and Europe. He also revealed that he hoped at some stage to get Edinburgh Gin on sale in airport duty free shops.
The shop owners tend to buy only the big brand names.
We get a lot of calls from people wanting to buy our gin on their way home, he said.
He added that the company intends to build on its existing three-year sponsorship of Musselburgh races, probably by sponsoring the Edinburgh Cup in June.
Photo: Alex Nicol (by Terry Murden)