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On 31st October, members of our Real Estate team, Ian Bowie, David McGuire and Amy Drew visited Dewar’s bonded warehouse site at Poniel, near Lesmahagow. MacRoberts acted for Dewar’s around five years ago in the land acquisition and then assisted with the suite of professional appointments and building contracts required for the subsequent development of the site.
They were given a tour of the hall where new made spirit is received by tanker from the various distilleries in Scotland operated by Dewar’s. The spirit is put into casks and then stacked in warehouses for the requisite period of maturation (minimum of three years). The same hall then decants the matured product (by that time, whisky) from the casks and puts it into tanker to be taken by road to Dewar’s bottling hall in the east end of Glasgow (where a MacRoberts contingent paid a visit in March this year). They were also taken to a couple of the 18 warehouses to see the maturing spirit. Dewar’s own some undeveloped land at Poniel which is intended for development into warehousing. The current built capacity is approximately 1.2m casks and the additional capacity is the same again, adding significantly to Dewar’s overall bonded warehouse capacity.