Scotland’s Isle of Mull to welcome first distillery in 220 years

Scottish gin producer Whitetail Spirits has opened the first distillery on the Isle of Mull in 220 years to meet “ambitious growth objectives”.

Whitetail Spirits has gained support from Business Gateway Argyll and Bute, which helped to provide funding through its Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme. The programme is funded by Argyll and Bute Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

The funding has allowed Whitetail to move its gin production in-house from London to Tiroran and purchase essential equipment.

A new still will be used to produce smaller bottles and a “diversified flavour range”, giving Whitetail Spirits the ability to produce 250 bottles a day.

The company will also launch a range of five liqueurs this summer.

Named after Europe’s largest bird of prey, Whitetail is based next to the white-tailed eagle’s nest at Tiroran Forest on the Isle of Mull.

Jamie Munro, founder of Whitetail Spirits said: “The funding support provided through Business Gateway gave us the incentive to proceed with the investment required to purchase our micro-still and grow our business.

“Thanks to their support, we are looking forward to increasing and diversifying our product range.

“More generally, we are excited to establish Mull’s first on-island distillery in over 200 years and move our production from London back to our family home.”

Angela Vernel, business adviser with Business Gateway, said: “Whitetail’s expansion is a great indicator of the strength of demand for Scottish gin, both in the UK and worldwide.

“Jamie had already tapped successfully into this market but by recognising Business Gateway could help him with funding options for his growth business, he has been able to expand production.

“We look forward to continuing to work with him as the business grows.”

Whitetail Gin is available in Selfridges stores, 25 Co-op stores and 300 retail outlets across the UK, along with around 30 shops, bars and hotels on the Isle of Mull.

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