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Eight Doors

8 DOORS the most northerly distillery are building a distillery, visitor centr and warehouse which is due to open in 2021.

Old Door with Large Key
Why 8 Doors Distillery?
Our name is inspired by the legend surrounding Jan De Groot - the man that John O’Groats takes it’s name from. In particular the house he built on the site which is now marked by a mound near the John O’Groats house hotel, a short distance from our distillery.
Jan De Groot, the Dutchman from which John O’Groats takes its name,  came to the area during the reign of James IV. He ran the ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney for the price of one Groat (around 2p).  He had seven sons and legend has it that they were arguing about who should sit at the head of the table during family gatherings.

To avoid family conflict Jan built an octagonal house with each of the eight sides having a separate door and window, one for each of his sons and himself. Each door led to the centre of the house where there was an eight sided table.  As no one person could occupy the head of the table this stopped the arguments and gave us a great name for our distillery!

Hello everyone!
A lot has happened since our last newsletter in July so here’s a quick rundown…
First the BIG NEWS!
We were officially opened by The King in early August. Yes, The King! A truly memorable time showing him around our distillery before inviting him to try some samples and fill a cask in our warehouse.

Later in August we launched two Fill Your Own Bottle options at the distillery. You can bottle an exclusive Seven Sons release or fill and personalise a bottle of our Five Ways Liqueur.
As they are only available at the distillery we’re running a Prize Draw for the first ever Hand-Fill bottle so those who can’t visit have the chance to win one.
Enter the Prize Draw for a chance to win the bottle in the picture below, filled by Kerry. Entries close 08/11/23. Over 18’s only. Max 1 entry per person.

September brought more exciting news when we found out we’d been shortlisted as finalists in 2 categories of the 5th Annual Scottish Whisky Awards!
Our Seven Sons 8yo Blended Scotch Whisky is a finalist in that category and we’ve been shortlisted as Tourism Destination of the Year! Tough competition in both categories but wish us luck! Results announced 30th November.
To celebrate this good news, we are offering FREE DELIVERY on any orders of the Seven Sons 70cl Blended Scotch when you use code GOODLUCK at checkout.
October saw us launch our latest Seven Sons bottling - an 11 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. If you tried our 8yo Blended Malt we like to think of this one as the older brother! Find out more HERE

And that brings us to the 1st November which sees a change in our opening hours and tour offering. Hours are 10am - 5pm from today, but we’re still open 7 days a week.
Tours now run on our Off Peak timetable. Tasting Tour at 11:30am and Express Tour at 3:00pm. Latest availability HERE. For groups of 6 or more we may be able to accommodate dates outside of the calendar, please contact us with any enquiries.

Hello everyone
We said we’d be back in touch soon with more exciting news…and here it is!
We’re often asked if we’ll be selling any more casks and the short answer is yes. Read below for more details on our private cask offer which is now live!

Cask Types & Prices
All prices below are for the contents of the cask only and do not include duty, VAT and bottling costs which are due at time of removal from warehouse. Shipping costs will also apply at the time of delivery. See full terms for more details.
• 250L First-Fill, American Oak. Price £4,980
o Limited number of Oloroso, Pedro Ximinez, Palo Cortado
• 130L First-Fill, American Oak. Price £2,980
o Limited number of Oloroso, Pedro Ximinez, Palo Cortado
• 50L First-Fill, American Oak. Price £1,980
o Limited number of Brandy, Oloroso, Palo Cortado
Additional points to note
• Cask numbers are very limited
• Casks will be filled throughout 2024 in 3 monthly batches. You will be allocated a quarter in which your cask will be filled.
• We have Palo Cortado casks which are a new option for us. Palo Cortado makes up 1-2% of all sherry made in the Jerez region. Palo starts it’s life as a Fino or Amontillado sherry, but during the ageing process the yeast layer dies inside the cask and ages oxidatively. This creates a crisp, citrus and nutty profile which sits between Amontillado and Oloroso styles. This sherry style is our distillery manager Ryan’s personal favourite so we’ve added casks with this seasoning.
Please take your time to read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the cask offer.
Click here to buy via our website

Most FAQs can be found here but answers to a few key Q’s are below:
Is this part of your 874 Club?
No - the 874 Club was a one-off founders club. these casks will be known under the banner of “8 Doors Distillery Private Casks”
When do they go on sale and how do I buy one?
They are available now! Purchases can be made via our website.
I don’t live in the UK, can I purchase a cask?
Due to shipping requirements once the cask has been bottled we are only offering casks to customers in countries we can currently ship to. You must be resident in, or have a shipping address in one of these countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Switzerland.
Can I buy more than one cask?
No, to make it as fair as possible we are only allowing 1 cask per customer. If we see a second order it will be cancelled and refunded minus any processing fees.
Hello everyone!
This World Whisky Day we’ve got some exciting news about not one… but two new Seven Sons releases!
Both bottles can be ordered via our website using the links below and have Free UK Delivery (automatically added at checkout). Or if you are interested in buying both you will get a £10 discount on the bundle.
The discount offer runs until midnight on Friday 24th May.

The sixth bottling in our Seven Sons range is a 12yo Single Malt from Miltonduff. Only 762 bottles released and bottled at 46.7% .abv, £64.
Find out more and order here: Seven Sons 12yo from Miltonduff Distillery

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