Answers to our most common questions

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We’ve put together a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions so you may find the answer you’re looking for here. If not then please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Single Malt Scotch Whisky must be matured in an oak barrel for 3 years and a day to qualify as Scotch. We started distilling in March 2018. We hope to release our first Single Malt Scotch Whisky before the decade is out.

We are the first Scotch Whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837. As a result, we hope to create our own style of Single Malt that is fresh, fruity and unique to us. We built the distillery to make an elegant, aromatic single malt whisky, fully reflective of the locally sourced barley.

We make our own base spirit here at the distillery from malted barley. This gives our gin a very distinctive flavour, delivering a creamy mouth feel which together with our unique blend of botanicals is followed by citrus notes and spice. We guarantee all our barley is sourced locally from farmers in the Scottish Borders.

Yes – our private cask scheme is called 1837. Please see the 1837 section of our website or call the distillery for more information. 1837 was the year the last distillery in the Borders closed. This scheme celebrates a moment in history as The Borders Distillery is the first to open in the region in over 180 years.

Our visitor centre is open to the public Monday-Saturday 10am-430pm, April-October. During these summer months, our tours run Monday-Saturday 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Our Winter season runs from November-March, where tours are closed but our visitor centre is open Monday-Friday 10am-430pm.

Yes, our Visitor Centre shop is open to all. You can visit our shop online as well.

There is no charge for under 18’s to tour the distillery, however they must be accompanied by an adult.

The distillery is fully wheelchair accessible. We can also be found on the WelcoME app.

Our tours last approximately 45 minutes, lead by one of our distillers. Each tour will guide you through the history of the building and distilling process, finishing with a complimentary tasting in the distillery bar. Please note our tours can carry a maximum of 12 adults in each. Our distillery car park cannot facilitate coach buses – for anyone looking to book a larger tour, please contact a member of the distillery team directly on 01450 374330. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Walk-ins are welcome to tour our distillery during the tour operating hours. You can book and pay for a tour when you arrive at the distillery.

However, we advise pre-booking online or over the phone before visiting us to guarantee a place.

Please phone the distillery on 01450 374330 to reserve your space on the tour.

If you have booked a tour online and we have accepted payment- it is non-refundable. However, if you would like to change the date and time of your tour we will try our best to accommodate you, if possible.


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