You will find the Lost Loch Distillery nestled between forest and farmland in Royal Deeside on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park. Narrowing it down slightly, we are on the historic eastern shore of the ‘lost’ Loch Auchlossan situated within Deeside Activity Park which also forms part of Cairnton Farm known for its award-winning herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle.
Human habitation around Loch Auchlossan dates back thousands of years. Crannogs would have once been a familiar site on the Loch and a dugout canoe was discovered in 1868 when the Loch was drained. It was first drained around 1700, then 1868 and finally a third attempt was made to drain the Loch in 1944 so crops could be planted for the war effort. This was successful and the Loch has now been lost to time.
The Lost Loch Distillery was started by Peter Dignan and Richard Pierce in 2017. With a passion for history as well as alcohol, Pete and Rich were proud to be a part of a legal, modern-day resurgence of craft distilling on Royal Deeside. It was not unusual to come across small scale distilling and smuggling by the inhabitants of Deeside as it was considered a natural right and an honest industry in the 1700’s and 1800’s. The Banks O’ Dee Distillery located west of Aberdeen was burnt down in 1825 by whisky smugglers intent on ridding the country of legal distilleries.
The Lost Loch Distillery is fitted with a modern, 500 litre iStill and a smaller, traditional copper alembic still. With the current setup the distillery is capable of outputting 80,000 bottles per year. The distillery is self-sufficient with distilling, bottling and packaging taking place on site. A percentage of the power and heat utilised at the distillery comes from renewable sources as the site is fitted with a wind turbine, a solar panel array and a biomass boiler.
We are proud to be a house of brands and believe that each of our products should have its own story to tell and its own space to tell it. Our ethos is to be inventive in our thinking, to look at history for inspiration and to produce a range of unique spirits that have local provenance and an international appeal.
© The Lost Loch Distillery 2017