Now work has begun on building the largest whisky distillery outside Scotland and at 1,400 feet above sea level, the highest in the United Kingdom.
During the consultation it was noted that it would be positive for the local economy and local jobs. Princetown Distillers Ltd made the application to build the £4.5 million building which will contain a visitor centre and a spirit storage facility as well as the distillery.
There will be parking and new road access to the site which is west of a car park on Station Road, Princetown. Two industrial units will be demolished to make way for the build.
The distillery will produce a single malt called ‘The Dartmoor.’ Even after the new distillery is built ‘The Dartmoor’ whisky will not be ready to sample for some four years.
Rowan Maule the founder said: “This is an exciting time for whisky and Dartmoor itself, as the new distillery will provide jobs and create another draw for this naturally beautiful part of the world. We chose Princetown as it provides similar conditions to the Highlands, mainly cool all year round and ideal for whisky production.
‘The whisky will be Highland inspired single-malt and our goal is to make a fruity, light flavourful whisky that is not too sweet. We will also make a small proportion of peated whisky using our own Dartmoor peat.”