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WHISKY'S IN GLASGOW'S BLOOD

Whisky runs through the city's industrial heritage like the River Clyde itself. Which is why our gleaming new Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery at the Queen's Dock has a touch of the inevitable about it.

From here at the Pumphouse, the heart of Clydeside today, Customs & Excise kept a watchful eye on exports of liquid gold. Turns out, our ancestor, John Morrison, began building this very Dock in 1863 while he was busy building half the city. One whole generation before our family discovered whisky. John also had a hand in raising Loch Katrine, whose pure soft water goes into making Clydeside Single Malt Whisky today.

Aerial view of the Queen's Dock in 1950

The Pumphouse

The Clydeside Distillery is located within the Pumphouse building which once controlled entry into the famous Glasgow Queen's Dock. The Pumphouse was originally designed to provide hydraulic power to operate the swing bridge, servicing the commercial dock which witnessed the export of whisky with ships destined for all continents of the world.

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Our Family

Our family believes in making things well. It's why we've brought together the best of the old and the new at The Clydeside Distillery, using traditional techniques for making our exquisite new Clydeside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The craftsmen distil our spirit by hand, using all the senses.

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1900

Our ancestor Stanley P. Morrison was born. He became one of Glasgow's most successful whisky brokers and laid the foundations for Morrison Bowmore Distillers.

1925

Stanley P. Morrison helped establish T. William Walker & Co and soon after purchased whisky merchant A.D. Rattray.

1935

Stanley P. Morrison partnered with Robert Lundie and set up a whisky brokerage.

1936

The partners purchased the prestigious Aberdeen-based Chivas Brothers.

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1961

Following an apprenticeship at Dalmore and other distilleries, Tim Morrison joined the family business, followed three years later by his brother Brian, expanding into blending, distilling and exporting Scotch whisky.

1963

In the Grand Central Hotel, Stanley P. Morrison overheard rumours of Bowmore Distillery for sale; he bought it the same day.

1970

Stanley P. Morrison purchased Glen Garioch in Aberdeenshire.

1984

Tim and Brian Morrison purchased Auchentoshan Distillery.

1996

Tim Morrison purchased A.D. Rattray, launching a new range of unusual and exclusive bottlings.

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2005

Brian Morrison purchased The Scottish Liqueur Company and established Morrison & MacKay.

2017

The Clydeside Distillery opens: Tim Morrison fulfils his ambitions of reviving distilling in Glasgow, helping to restore the Dock his great-grandfather had built.

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