The Nelstrop family have been farmers for generations, with records mentioning them going back as far as 1335. More recently, James Nelstrop hit 60 and decided that while he would stop farming, he didn't really want to retire. A whisky fan, he and son Andrew planned to open a micro-distillery, but were foiled by HMRC regulations – they had to build a full-sized distillery. They did, and it started producing spirit in December 2006.
Fast forward 10 years, and the distillery is now thriving. Head distiller David Fitt trained under ex-Laphroaig manager Iain Henderson and is now well-known for experimentation as well as the distillery's increasingly popular range of whiskies. We look forward to seeing what new drams they bring to this year's show.