Brodies’ first involvement with Adelphi was in 2003. Donald Houston and Keith Falconer, on a recommendation, approached Jamie Walker who had revived the Adelphi name in order to bottle a limited number of rare, well-aged and top quality malt whiskies. Donald and Keith wanted to buy a hogshead of whisky; they were so impressed that they bought the company.

Alex Bruce joined the team in 2004 as CEO. Gordon Hamilton, the operations director, joined from Glenmorangie in 2010 and the business prospered as a high-class specialist bottler. By the late 2000s lack of availability of really top-class casks was constraining its development. The solution was simple, if bold, to build its own first class malt whisky distillery. The Ardnamurchan Distillery was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in July 2014 and has now been in production for almost 4 years.

In March 2017 CNN reported that Ardnamurchan was the first carbon neutral distillery – its boiler powered entirely by woodchip produced on the Ardnamurchan estate and its electricity provided by the hydro scheme on the burn that is its water source. Even CEO Alex’s Tesla has a charging point at the distillery!

The business has won many awards. Its oversubscribed launch of 1 and 2 year old spirit “Spirit of Ardnamurchan” was very favourably reviewed and mistaken for a quality single malt at blind tastings. The bottle in which it was marketed won the best design award at the Scottish Design Awards 2017.

Its fusion whiskies, blending (outside Scotland) the best Scottish single malts with outstanding single malts produced in, first, Japan then India, Australia and the Netherlands won the award for best team-working at the Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2017.

It is pioneering blockchain technology with partner Arc-net to provide unrivalled information on the contents of each bottle and the story of its production

The business continues in the joint ownership of Houston and Falconer, with no external debt. The Ardnamurchan single malt is eagerly awaited but still sadly a few years away. Meanwhile Adelphi still manages to find exceptional single casks to bottle for its enthusiastic followers.

Fifteen years on, 2018 has already distinguished itself for Adelphi with a decision to use its bottling capacity for third parties, new woodchip fuel and waste supply agreements for the distillery, additional warehousing there to accommodate Adelphi’s recent increase in production and a further capital injection. Brodies has been proud to collaborate with Adelphi and support its ambitious strategy for quality and growth.