Follow the winding Alness river up into the remote hills of the Scottish Highlands. In the shadow of Ardross Castle, you’ll find the remains of a 19th century farmhouse, built of stone and slate. Welcome to the home of Greenwood Distillers.
We’re building a bridge that links countries, continents, and cultures — one made of sumptuous spirits, cemented with centuries of expertise and built on a foundation of great people, who hail from Scotland, Kentucky, Japan, Mexico and France.
Carving an impressive silhouette in the Northern Highlands, the newly constructed Ardross Distillery will open in 2019, to begin distilling Scotch and Gin. Push through its large wooden doors to discover a distillery alive with experimentation and bursting with the creativity of niche spirits, unexpected botanical pairings and long, patient maturations.
Greenwood Distillers was founded in 2018 by Barthelemy Brosseau and is kept in check by legendary Chief Blender Andrew Rankin. Our philosophy is all about embracing a healthy debate. At our home in Ardross, classically trained distillers & master blenders come together with a restless team of untrained dreamers and impetuous doers. We are old and young and we rarely agree — except when it comes to quality. We don’t compromise on quality.
Beyond our first love, Scotch Whisky, this quest for quality has led us to distil and unearth other hidden gems. We now boast a diverse range of internationally beloved spirits on our portfolio including Gin, Mezcal, Armagnac and of course, Whisky. We also have plans to build bridges from Scotland to Kentucky (Bourbon) and Japan (Japanese Whisky).
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Theodore is a Scottish gin powered by the spirit of the Picts, an ancient tribe that once settled near the brand’s home in the Northern Highlands.
For the creation of Chateau La Lune, Greenwood Distillers have worked with the most established and knowledgeable elders of Armagnac — classically headstrong Gascons.
Alastor is a pure, small batch Mezcal, made by hand in the village of Santiago Matatlan, in Oaxaca, Mexico — Inspired by imagination and powered by creativity.
The source of inspiration for our Japanese whisky, a yamadori or copper pheasant, is a beautiful bird native to mountain forests of Honshū, Kyūshū and Shikoku islands and made famous by an old Japanese tale, Yasuke of Yamura.
We’ve scouted land from from Louisiana to West Virginia — but it was the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where the horses are fast and the bourbon is good, that our hearts felt most at home.
Greenwood Bond is a new dream factory for whisky lovers and Greenwood Bond Limited Editions are its invention.
A meeting with Andrew W. Rankin leads to a deep discussion about the history and future of Scotch Whisky and how best to combine tradition and modernity. Soon Andrew is reigniting old alliances to find the rarest stock and plans are underway for the building of a new distillery.
On a roving journey across Scotland in the search of the perfect alliance between heritage and authenticity, Ardross was discovered, deep in the Northern Highlands.
While the steadings are dilapidated, its charm remains below the rubble. An application to restore, convert and extend a group of 19th-century farmhouse and cottages is lodged and soon approved.
Construction of the Whisky and Gin distilleries begin. Stone and slate are salvaged from the old buildings which had collapsed and are used to rebuild the walls and roof.
While two large copper stills are transported to Ardross, the founders travel to France — to the Gascon countryside — hoping to find and negotiate much lauded and long forgotten Armagnac rare stocks.
Barth flies to Mexico to meet with the Ortega Brothers and visit several Palenque (mezcal distilleries); Andrew and Barth visit Kentucky to scout potential land for the Copper Pheasant Bourbon Distillery. And as he has been doing for the last twenty years, Andrew travels to Japan and brings back Mizunara casks.
Theodore Gin, Alastor Mezcal and Château la Lune are launched. Our Bourbon and Scotch Whisky to follow shortly.
Like everything worth having, creating good whisky takes time. It was this ethos that bonded the founders of Greenwood Distillers, who were also embracing the inherent importance of adapting slow and considered movement to create a company of substance.
Born in the shadow of the millennia-old Bordeaux vineyards, Barth is a young entrepreneur whose focus spans from literature to the products and concepts of hospitality, as well as the respectful but innovative regeneration of real estate.
Our chairman is a traditionally trained master blender and veteran of the Scotch whisky industry, with a career span just shy of fifty years. He has developed a particular affinity with the role of wood in the maturation of Scotch whisky, as well as the alchemy involved in finishing.
With 38 years in the industry under his belt, Willie has enjoyed the atmosphere of bottling halls and chalked up experience in the nosing and blending of whiskies.
Sandy started working with spirits in 1979 and has done just about every job one can do in a distillery, from cutting peat to making malt and then finally producing the actual whisky. His favourite pastime is reading — mostly about whisky, and he would never say no to a nice dram.
Ciaran has spent the last nine years in a variety of roles, working on over 40 drinks brands and spans from growing global brands to launching smaller niche spirits. And although he has a degree in Economics and a Masters in Project Management, he still claims his Mastermind subject would be ‘the 2003 Rugby World Cup’.
With a background in events and the Drink Factory; a research and development laboratory for drinks and flavours, Keivan believes that routine is the antithesis of creativity so every day should be different in the drinks industry. He claims he can perfectly flip pancakes but as of the moment, there are still zero witnesses.
Ashley brings a wide spectrum of knowledge built up over many years in the industry as well as a certain tenacity — His personal motto; “Ok one more”. When he’s not wishing he ignored the sat nav, he’s busy honing a much prized skill; moving his eyebrows independently of one other.
Hailing from Sydney, Mat’s experience in hospitality spans the last decade and stretches across the world, from Australia to Ibiza and now London. Both thoughtful and tenacious, Mat’s taken on every role possible, from shaking cocktails in beach bars to running booming restaurants — he also makes a mean flat white.
We've found that where there’s creative tension, there's endless enrichment. The wise turtle and the agile butterfly of our emblem represent this tension between old and new; wisdom and dynamism, the weight of experience and the fervour of youth.
At our home in Ardross, we have a similar dichotomy; classically trained distillers and blenders come together with a restless team of untrained dreamers and impetuous doers. Together, we’re building a bridge from Scotland to rest of the world.