Scotland's 8 Doors Distillery sells all top-tier membership packages in two days

Scotland's 8 Doors Distillery sells all top-tier membership packages in two days

Scotland's most northerly distillery, opening in John O'Groats next year, sees huge demand for membership packages

News | 14 Oct 2020

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Scotland's most northerly mainland distillery, 8 Doors, has sold out of its 874 Founders Club packages almost a year ahead of its opening.

The distillery, due to open in John O'Groats in summer 2021, launched its top-tier 874 Founders Club last week with 250 member slots available – and sold them all in just 48 hours. Club membership will provide the opportunity for people to get their hands on unique casks of Highland single malt whisky as part of a package, available from £1,600.

Whisky lovers will still have a chance to join the 8 Doors Distillery 874 Club. Open to 1,250 members, it will give access to three 70cl bottles of Highland single malt whisky, matured in first-fill tailor-made Spanish casks. Each bottle comes from a different variety of oak cask to showcase the influence of the wood type on the liquid's flavour profile. The limited-edition collection has been developed by whisky master John Ramsay, who has worked with the likes of The Macallan and The Glenrothes. The bottle packages cost £420, and there is an option to split the payments equally over 10 months.

The 874 Club is named after one of the greatest and most iconic journeys in the UK, the 874 miles between John O'Groats and Lands End on the western edge of Cornwall. Both the 874 Club and 874 Founders Club packages have a number of benefits, including free tours for life for the membership holder and a friend.

Local husband and wife team Kerry and Derek Campbell, the duo behind 8 Doors Distillery, are pressing ahead with their plans for a distillery, visitor centre and bonded warehouse in John O'Groats and remain confident that their offering will be in demand despite a turbulent 2020 for the industry. Once opened the distillery will have eight positions, including a master distiller and visitor centre manager who are still to be appointed.

The £1 million project will establish the first whisky producer in the village of Caithness since 1837. Its Highland single malt whisky will be produced using water from an on-site borehole and the Campbells aim to capture the essence of their coastal location in their drams.

Kerry Campbell said: "It's great to see our vision of building Scotland’s most northerly distillery in John O’Groats come even closer to reality now that we have sold all of our 874 Founders Club packages. We were confident our 874 packages would prove popular, but we were delighted to see the limited edition cask packages sell out within days of being offered. We still have 874 Club bottle packages available, giving whisky lovers the chance to become part of our story.

“We have a passion for whisky and for the local area in Caithness where we both grew up. We’re so pleased to be able to bring them together with the development of our distillery and visitor centre. It was a joy to work with another independent Scottish family-run business, Whisky Hammer, as part of our launch campaign to sell our founders casks.”

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