King Charles III visited the 8 Doors Distillery in John O’Groats, Wick, in the Scottish Highlands, on August 2, 2023, to officially open the distillery and meet members of the local business community.
The King was given a tour of the distillery by the owners, Kerry and Derek Campbell. He learned about the different stages of the whisky-making process, from malting the barley to distilling the spirit. He also tasted some of the distillery’s whiskies, including a 10-year-old single malt and a 12-year-old peated whisky.
The King was impressed by the distillery’s commitment to sustainability. The Campbells use renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, to power the distillery. They also recycle all of their waste products.
The King said that he was “delighted” to visit the 8 Doors Distillery. He said that he was “impressed by the commitment to sustainability” and that he “enjoyed tasting the whiskies.”
The King’s visit to the 8 Doors Distillery is a sign of his support for the Scottish whisky industry. Scotch whisky is a major industry in Scotland, and it is estimated that it contributes over £4 billion to the Scottish economy each year.
The King’s visit is also a sign of his commitment to the north of Scotland. The 8 Doors Distillery is located in Caithness, which is one of the most remote parts of Scotland. The King’s visit is a way of showing his support for the people of Caithness and the local economy.
The King also met with members of the local business community during his visit. He spoke to them about the importance of supporting local businesses and the need to invest in the future of the Scottish Highlands.
The King’s visit to the 8 Doors Distillery was a success. It was a chance for the King to learn about the Scottish whisky industry and to support a sustainable business. It was also a chance for the King to show his commitment to the north of Scotland and to the local business community.
In addition to the tour and tasting, the King also took part in a tree planting ceremony at the distillery. He planted a 200-year-old oak tree, which is a symbol of the distillery’s commitment to sustainability.
The King’s visit to the 8 Doors Distillery was a positive event for the distillery, the local community, and the Scottish whisky industry. It was a chance for the King to learn about the industry and to show his support for the future of Scotch whisky.