Halewood Wines & Spirits, owner of Whitley Neill Gin, Crabbie’s and the Crabbie malt whisky brand, has announced that spirit production has commenced at its new distillery in Edinburgh.

The distillery in Granton, Edinburgh, has started to produce single malt distillate, bringing single malt whisky production back to the city of Edinburgh for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Chief executive office, Stewart Hainsworth, said: “The business has enjoyed strong growth in the past few years, driven by artisanal spirits and craft beer. The ‘Chain Pier’ distillery in Granton is the first in a series of investments in Scotland. Added to this, construction is currently underway of a larger whisky distillery in Leith, Edinburgh. This will be the new home of John Crabbie & Co. These two distilleries are part of our £50m investment programme in artisanal spirits in the UK.”

The Crabbie whisky business was established in 1801 and it was relaunched in January this year. It has launched bottlings aged from eight to 40 years old, from distilleries around Scotland.

David Brown, Managing Director of John Crabbie & Co, commented: “The Chain Pier distillery in Granton gives us the opportunity to develop a wide range of new spirits, as we wait for our new distillery in Leith to be completed. Laying down our first cask of spirit is a significant milestone for the rejuvenated business and signals the return of single malt whisky production to Edinburgh after an absence of nearly a century”.