The Distillery

After years of careful planning, our distillery was opened amongst the picturesque snow-capped mountains of the Cardrona valley.

High quality process & ingredients.

Cardrona does not cut corners. From the barley varietal, the grind of the mill and the size of the mash tun to the temperature of the alpine water, every step of the process is integral to forming the character of the spirit and has been meticulously thought out.

The Distillery has designed its craft process around the deep single malt traditions, starting from scratch with malted barley to create a genuine artisan premium spirit, a rarity in the spirits industry.

Every aspect of Cardrona’s products is of the highest quality, from the pure Cardrona Valley alpine water, the rich malted barley and the foraged ingredients to the hand picked oak casks from Spain and America.

  • Water

    Pure alpine water sourced from Mount Cardrona, drawn up through Alvin’s Well, located next to the distillery.
  • Barley

    Laurette variety of barley is one of the few varieties of distillers’ barley tested and approved by the Institute of Brewers and Distillers
  • Yeast

    The yeast variety, Pinnacle, was selected by Desiree for the distinct flavour profile it produces.

Distilling Process

Cardrona’s spirits are distilled using copper stills and all natural ingredients. The still house is home to five stills:

  • Pair of Forsyth copper pot stills, a 2,000 litre and a 1,300 litre;
  • 7.5m Jacob Carl continuous column still;
  • 7.5m Jacob Carl finishing still; and
  • 600 litre copper gin still.

Our distillation process is outlined below.

1. Malting

2. Milling

3. Mashing

4. Fermenting

5. Distilling

6. Maturing

7. Bottling

"Private Cask owners purchase something unique. Together we will allow time to work a magic based on pure alpine water, rich malted barley, traditional copper stills and oak casks that reflect the owners preference for colour, flavours, notes and aromas."
- Kenny Vaugh

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