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Twin River

DISTILLERY
Experimental Highland distillery situated within Deeside Brewery.

One of Scotland’s new wave of experimental ‘craft’ whisky distilleries, Twin River combines traditional Scottish distilling practices with modern American techniques and kit to produce a range of whiskies, gins and spirits. Its cosy home within Banchory’s Deeside Brewery is fitting – the distillery draws on its brewers’ experience with varying barley roasts and alternative grains.

Its first single malt was produced from a chocolate malt mash with a long ferment, double-distilled in two square iStills (set up to distil both malted barley and grain) and filled into 55-litre octaves for a rapid period of maturation. Twin River intends to release its first single malt in 2020 when it’s just three years old.

As well as single malt, the distillery plans on producing an aged rye spirit matured in 200-litre American rye whiskey casks fitted with additional toasted oak pieces to accelerate maturation.

Deeside Brewery was founded in Banchory in 2012 by Michael Bain, a former IT entrepreneur-turned-bar owner (of Dusk in Aberdeen).

The team installed distilling equipment in an extension to the brewery in 2017, and by July had laid down casks of its first single malt.

While the extension offers limited space for the modest set-up, Twin River has plans to build a larger brewery and distillery on a 2.2-acre plot in Banchory, which will incorporate a visitor centre, restaurant and taproom. To fund the move, Twin River is seeking to raise £1.4 million through the pre-sale of casks and crowdfunding.

TWIN RIVER FACTS
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
0.04
FERMENTATION TIME i
72 – 96 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
58% abv into Octaves
63% abv into Hogsheads
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
0.4
HEAT SOURCE i
Electric heat elements
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Pale Malt/ Chocolate Malt/ Crystal Medium Malt. No phenols
MALT SUPPLIER i
Simpsons/Crisps
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter Tun
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
70% abv
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
50% single malt, 50% gin and other projects
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
450
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Cube with column (iStill)
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
500
STILLS i
2
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
1,600
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Cube with column (iStill)
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
2,000
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
1,500
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
2,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel conical
WASHBACKS i
9
WATER SOURCE i
Local water (filtered), and Deeside water for cutting/finishing
YEAST TYPE i
Pinnacle distillers (active dry alcohol yeast)
OWNER
CURRENT OWNER
Deeside Brewery & Distillery Ltd
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