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A couple in the process of setting up what they believe will be Campbeltown’s first independent bottling company have been ‘blown away’ by the support they have received from across the world.
Kate and Mark Watt established Campbeltown Whisky Company Ltd in January this year and aim to bottle their first cask under their own independent bottling brand, Watt Whisky, later this year.
The couple, who have more than 40 years of experience in the Scotch whisky industry between them, said: ‘With the Watt Whisky brand, we want to bottle good, honest whisky for drinking and enjoying. For us, it’s all about the taste, so as long as it’s good then we’ll be happy to put our name to it – literally!
‘The emphasis will be on Scotch whisky – single malt, blended malt and blends with the odd grain thrown in – but further down the line, who knows? Whatever we are bottling it will be single cask, cask strength, non-chill filtered and natural colour.’
Kate and Mark set up a Crowdfunder page to support their new venture, offering supporters the chance to buy bottles from the first cask.
‘Although we’ve invested our own money in this project, the initial costs involved are too high for us to cover on our own, without compromising the quality of the products we want to offer,’ they said. ‘By supporting us people will help us to avoid borrowing and to strengthen our cash flow position.
‘This will allow us to sample more casks and choose from a greater variety for our first release. It also means that we’ll be able to do a first release of four or five casks on top of the one we are offering as part of the Crowdfunder, rather than just one.’
Within just three days the couple had sold all 250 bottles and raised nearly £35,000.
‘We are absolutely blown away and delighted with how well this has gone,’ they said. ‘It’ll make such a huge difference to our company.
‘We hope to be able to bottle our first cask towards the end of 2020 but, things being as they are and with all the current uncertainty worldwide, we can’t provide a specific date at this time.
‘In the future, we also hope to establish a tasting room at our premises in Campbeltown so that visitors can come and taste our product with us.’
As well as bottling, Kate and Mark will also be buying and selling casks of whisky. Anyone who wants to discuss selling a cask they own, or buying one from the couple, can get in touch with Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org