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Eden Mill celebrates Burns Night with multimillion pound buyout

25/01/2022
Paul Miller, MD of Eden Mill

EDEN MILL St Andrews, one of Scotland’s leading premium craft gin and scotch whisky brands, which is embarking on the development of its carbon neutral single malt whisky distillery in St Andrews, has received investment from Edinburgh-based specialist consumer brand investor Inverleith LLP, which has secured a majority stake in the company.

Eden Mill St Andrews has established itself as one of the leading contemporary Scottish craft gins with a nascent contemporary single malt scotch whisky. Future distillation will be at its new distillery which has the ambition to be one of the world’s first climate positive distilleries and will be sited on the University of St Andrews Eden Campus, a site dedicated to zero-carbon and sustainable businesses and research firms.

Established in 2012 by Tony Kelly and Paul Miller, Eden Mill St Andrews produces a range of gins which draw inspiration from the local area around the famous town of St Andrews and which experiment with techniques including cask ageing. The company recently won the Product Development Team of the Year at the Scottish Gin Awards, with its Forager Gin, Golden Lore and Rosa Rosa gins picking up medals and its Distiller’s Choice Amarone Red Wine Cask Aged Gin securing a Gold medal.

The investment from Inverleith LLP will see the company push forward with its ambitious distillery build with a targeted opening of the new distillery in late 2022. The investment will also enable the company to expand its distribution in the UK and internationally.

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Commenting on the Inverleith LLP investment and acquisition, Eden Mill St Andrews Managing Director and founder Paul Miller stated:

‘This is a really exciting moment for Eden MillL St Andrews. Having secured Inverleith LLP as the majority investor into the business, we will be able to realise our distillery ambition and unlock the potential of premium craft gin and premium single malt scotch whisky here in the UK and overseas. We have been looking for an investor who shares our passion, who understands the uniqueness of the opportunity and is aligned to our vision. With their consumer strategic brand and commercial expertise, I am confident that we have found the right partner to take drive and support the next and most significant stage of the Eden Mill journey. I’m looking forward as Managing Director to working closely with the team at Inverleith.”

Inverleith LLP Managing Partner, Paul Skipworth, said: ‘This is a fantastic addition to Inverleith’s portfolio of premium consumer brands. Having worked closely with the historic and acclaimed University of St Andrews to secure a site on its sustainability campus in St Andrews, the globally renowned ‘Home of Golf’, Eden Mill St Andrews has one of the most exciting futures within premium gin and whisky and we are delighted to be supporting the realisation of its vision.”

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