The stunning Lindores Abbey Lowland distillery was founded in 2017 by Drew & Helen McKenzie Smith and lies next to the old monastery on the banks of the river Tay. The site is steeped in history with reference to whisky being produced dating back over 500 years. A letter to Friar John Cor written in 1494 by order of King James IV instructing him to produce of aqua vitae, with eight bolls of malt is the earliest written reference to whisky being made in Scotland. Archeological findings of a structure that was characteristic of a medieval traditional kiln still at the Abbey also point to whisky production there many years ago.
The equipment for the distillery is located on the first floor of the new building with huge glass windows giving incredible views of the surrounding area. Lindores Abbey makes single estate whisky. The barley used in the production is sourced from the fields around the site owned by the monastery. Early in 2021 saw the inaugural release of single malt whisky offered to members of The 1494 Preservation Society. Then the Lindores MCDXCIV single malt was available to the public in the same year.