Lindores Abbey Distillery welcomes two new faces

One of Scotland's newest distilleries, Lindores Abbey, has welcomed two new feline faces.

Published 12th Jun 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

As reported in January, the distillery was on the lookout for a new distillery cat.

Helen McKenzie Smith, co-founder of Lindores Abbey Distillery, said about the search for a feline: “As the great lost distilling traditions of the monks of Lindores Abbey are revived in 2017, we will be making some key appointments to ensure that our vision for the horticulture, preservation, tourism and whisky distillation is brought to life with expertise and passion."

“A distillery cat is always at the heart of any whisky company, and as our visitor centre and warehouses open later this year, we hope to give a special cat a home to roam on our beautiful single estate here in Fife."

Kittens distillery
Picture: Lindores Abbey Distillery kittens, supplied


After the sad passing of Toffee, the retired distillery moggie, the owners have welcomed two new additions, a boy and girl, and they are looking for help with naming them thanks to a competition.

Names could be inspired by whisky or the history of Lindores Abbey.

While Downing Street has relies on Larry the cat to be Chief Mouser to the Cabinet, the two new Lindores Abbey distillery felines will play a critical role around the preserved ruins of the Abbey, which date back to 1191, and around the barley stores of the new whisky warehouses, as grain is transported from the fields surrounding the distillery to produce Lindores Abbey whisky.

Picture: Lindores Abbey Distillery, supplied

If you fancy winning a membership to the Distillery Preservation Society (worth £60), with benefits that include a free bottle of first limited edition packaging of the Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae, two complimentary tickets to the distillery and 10% discount in the online shop, then submit your name suggestions to Lindores Abbey Distillery or email Gee McKenzie Smith.

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