The 2018 Islay Festival (25 May – 2 June) could also include Hunter Laing Ardnahoe Distillery, I took a few guests last year, just to see the start … the first Borders distillery for almost 200 years is running schedule, possibly to start producing in January. In Hawick, the £10m distillery is said to aim at 1.8m litres of spirit, for both single malt whisky and gin. Burnbrae Distillery in East Kilbride, one to keep an eye on maybe? J&G Distillers, who also own Hart Brothers, has been extending bottling warehouses in East Kilbride, a malt whisky distillery is expected operational early this year, is not expected to open to visitors. Douglas Laing & Co.’s £10.7m distillery opens at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, the city’s fourth whisky distillery, joining the Strathclyde grain plant, Glasgow and Clydeside malt distilleries. Meanwhile in the capital; Liverpool drinks company Halewood Wines & Spirits will produce 165,000 litres of spirit per year, taking the John Crabbie & Co. name back to the capital. It is now owned by Halewood (Liverpool), John Crabbie & Co was one of the six founding partners of Edinburgh’s North British Distillery in 1885, with John Crabbie the conglomerate’s first chairman. Today a ginger beer, John Crabbie & Co was a distilling and blending Scotch whisky. This summer, the Granton Harbour development will finally see the company return to its roots. Edinburgh’s Engine Shed malt whisky distillery and visitor centre at Holyrood Park is expected to open and produce 100,000 litres each year, making it among the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Meanwhile a whisky fact; Scotland has built only two grain distilleries in the last half century – Loch Lomond in 1993 and Starlaw in 2010. This year, the eighth grain distillery is looking to open in the borders. Reivers is the first distillery complex being built by Mossburn Distillers, near the River Jedwater, Reivers is a small, distillery designed to produce a range of spirits, including malt whisky in pot stills and grain whisky in columns – expected to be open by June. Meanwhile, its’ sister distillery, the larger Mossburn complex, won’t be here until at least 2020.