PLANS to develop a community distillery are moving ahead. GlenWyvis Distillery in Dingwall has appointed its first distillery manager – and confirmed the first target of £250,000 has been achieved in its second share offer campaign.

Announcing the recruitment of Duncan Tait, who will join from Mortlach Distillery, GlenWyvis chairman David O’Connor said: “This appointment is the lynch-pin to the next stage of our development, as we move from construction to distilling and production. Duncan brings with him a wealth of distilling experience and in-depth knowledge of the whisky and tourism industry.

“Coincidentally, as we appoint Duncan, we are also seeing a continued surge of active share offer investors and this has pushed our target over the £250,000 mark.”

That is the first step towards the distillery’s overall aim of raising an additional £750,000 on its second share offer. The funds raised will be used to accelerate the GlenWyvis brand development, to bring gin distilling to Dingwall and to reduce commercial lending costs.