16th April 2015
We were honoured to be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay who officially opened our distillery on the 16th April 2015.
Hosted by Mrs Russell in her role as Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Their Royal Highnesses spent over an hour talking to 120 guests, many of whom had played an integral part in the building of the distillery. The guard of honour for the day was provided by the Buckie Boys Brigade.
Following their tour of the renovated steading, His Royal Highness said of the building:
“Ladies and gentleman, just before I unveil the plaque, which I’m getting a certain amount of practice for today already having come from Walkers of Aberlour just down the road and having tasted one of their very special Ecclefechan tarts – I was very much hoping to wash it down with a tiny bit of Ballindalloch whisky. Regrettably, I have to wait for another 10 years and I shall be 76 and probably on a Zimmer frame, but there you go!
But nothing could give us greater pleasure than to come and assist at the opening of this wonderful new distillery. You’re right, I can remember seeing these steadings with the roofs falling in, so it is wonderful to see them being brought back to life, if I may say so, by such marvellously skilled craftsmen who we were lucky enough to meet earlier. It is a great tribute, I think, to their craft of stonemasonry and joinery and slating, everything. And I can’t help feeling it will provide the most wonderful new and special facility here in Speyside, which has such a great tradition of distilleries.
So ladies and gentlemen nothing could give us greater pleasure than to unveil a plaque and declare this splendid new distillery open.”
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