Mill Restoration & Gin School

by Verdant Sprits in Dundee, City of Dundee, Scotland

We need your support to restore this Grade-A Listed, 19th Century mill, transforming it into a visitor centre and gin school.

by Verdant Sprits in Dundee, City of Dundee, Scotland

£2,596

raised of £25,000 target

29

supporters
10% 11 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £25,000 is pledged by November 27th 2018 at 9:28am

Our Story and Vision

Verdant Spirits is Dundee’s first distillery for 200 Years and although our company is young, it has already met with considerable acclaim. Our first product, Verdant Dry Gin, won Scottish Gin of the Year in 2017 and has gone on to win medals and awards from around the world.

The money raised through this Crowd Funding campaign will allow us to realise our dream of opening our very own visitor centre & gin school in the Grade A listed building at our premises by Blackness. It will help strengthen Dundee’s historic, economic, cultural strengths by restoring an integral part of its historic industrial past and saving it from potential ruin.

Our visitor centre aims to educate as well as inspire and in our ‘gin school’ enthusiasts can come along and learn, hands on, about the process of making our award winning gin. Visitors will be able to craft their own unique gin recipe, experiencing how each botanical will change the flavour of their gin and at the end of the day will take a full bottle of their gin home.

With your help we hope to add to the already vibrant and unique culture of Dundee - named the “Coolest little city in the UK by GQ Magazine” - by bringing an educational and exciting visitor attraction to the city.

  

We completed Phase 1 of our restoration project in Spring 2017 when we combined two former industrial units on site to make one large space in which to house our distillery. Our second phase will use our current home in Edward Street Mill to create the new retail and educational space.

In this phase we will restore our Grade A listed engine house and breathe life back into its old walls, turning it into our visitor centre and the heart of the distillery. However, to achieve this our building needs to undergo extensive and costly restoration work.

Some urgent repair work has already been undertaken as our roof cupola had become dangerously unstable over the winter of 2016, and had to be removed to ensure that the building’s structure was safe and weather proof.

The plan is to transform the ground floor of the mill into the visitor centre with flexible space for gin talks and events along with our retail space. The lower-ground floor will be home to our Gin School along with a small space for those attending to sit and test their creations.

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(Above) Part of the Mill Complex where our home is located.

Edward Street Mill has a rich historical background as the former engine house to John Sharp’s ‘Jute Empire’. This building has played an enormous role in the lives of the thousands who worked in it, but it also played a vital role in the development of Dundee as a jute city. To preserve this we want to display many of the artefacts, furniture, portraits and other pieces that previously belonged to John Sharp himself and came from his home to remind all those that walk into the mill of it past and heritage and that has now become integral to its new use as home to Verdant Spirits.

Although work can now begin, the unforeseen and costly process of making the structure safe means that funds are extremely tight and we need your help to make sure that the project can move on to final completion in the spring of 2019. In return for your support we have put together a range of rewards to thank you for contributing to our campaign.

We have a strong belief in the great sense of community and pride that has built up in Dundee over recent years, and are proud to support our wee city and its regeneration.

We believe Edward Street Mill has given much to the people of Dundee over the past 120 years, and we are asking for help to allow this historic building to once again be a pride of the city for generations to come.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

Bottle of Verdant Dry Gin

Receive one 70cl bottle of our multi award winning Verdant Gin with free delivery! Over 10% discount on our usual price for a bottle delivered. Available for UK residents only.

£10 or more

Thank You Card

In thanking you for your generosity, you will receive a personalised thank you postcard signed by our distiller and director – Andrew Mackenzie

£12 or more

5 of 50 claimed

Early Bird Tour and Tasting

This pledge includes a voucher for 2 tickets for a tour of the Verdant Spirits Distillery and Visitor Centre, so you can come and see how we do it! This package also includes a lovely Verdant G&T to enjoy afterwards. Voucher will be redeemable in 2019 when our visitor centre is open.

£15 or more

Tour and Tasting

This pledge includes a voucher for 2 tickets for a tour of the Verdant Spirits Distillery and Visitor Centre, so you can come and see how we do it! This package also includes a lovely Verdant G&T to enjoy afterwards. Voucher will be redeemable in 2019 when our visitor centre is open.

£25 or more

T-Shirt Pack

For your kind donation, you will receive the Verdant T-Shirt Pack which includes: A personalised thank you card, a Verdant Spirits T-Shirt and 6 Verdant Drinks Mats. Great as either a Birthday or Christmas gift for Gin fans!

£50 or more

Celebration Pack

Selecting this reward will mean you receive a gift packed 70cl Verdant Dry Gin and greetings card, delivered to you for your next Birthday or Christmas 2018. This would make an excellent present for any Gin lover! Available for UK delivery only

£60 or more

1 of 25 claimed

Early Bird Meet the Maker Tour, Tasting & Bott

This pledge includes 2 tickets for a tour of the Verdant Spirits Distillery and Visitor Centre – hosted by our founder and Chief Distiller – Andrew Mackenzie, who will tell the tale of the development of the distillery and creation of our Scottish Gin of the Year. This package also includes a lovely Verdant G&T to enjoy and a 70cl Bottle of our gin to take home. Voucher will be redeemable in 2019 when our visitor centre is open.

£60 or more

2 Bottles of Verdant Dry Gin (Collection Only)

Come to our old mill and collect 2 bottles of our multi award winning Verdant Gin. Over 10% discount on our usual RRP! Available for collection from our premises in Dundee only.

£75 or more

Meet the Maker Tour, Tasting & Bottle for 2

This pledge includes 2 tickets for a tour of the Verdant Spirits Distillery and Visitor Centre – hosted by our founder and Chief Distiller – Andrew Mackenzie, who will tell the tale of the development of the distillery and creation of our Scottish Gin of the Year. This package also includes 2 lovely Verdant G&Ts to enjoy and one 70cl Bottle of our gin to take home. Voucher will be redeemable in 2019 when our visitor centre is open.

£100 or more

Personalised Bottle

This reward entitles you to a 70cl Verdant Dry Gin with your name or message on the label (up to 100 characters). You will also receive a framed label with your name or message on it to display at home for all to see. You can even request to come to the distillery and label the bottle yourself! Available for UK delivery only

£250 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Founders Wall and Grand Opening Invitations (x2)

To thank you for your donation, we will proudly display your name on our ‘Founders Wall’ in the new visitor centre for all to see and invite you and a guest to our Grand Opening and unveiling of your name on on the wall

£250 or more

Make your Own Gin at Our Gin School

Get a voucher for 2 to come along to our Verdant Gin School and have a go at making your own gin! This day long experience will include a tour, tasting and you'll produce your own unique 75cl bottle of gin to take home. A perfect gift for any gin lover! Voucher will be redeemable in 2019 when the Gin School is open.

£400 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Early Bird Year's Supply of Gin & Tonic

Everybody's dream! 12 bottles of Verdant's Scottish Gin of the Year and 12 cases of your favourite Fever-Tree tonic delivered right to your door! Available for UK delivery only

£500 or more

Year's Supply of Gin & Tonic

Everybody's dream! 12 bottles of Verdant's Scottish Gin of the Year and 12 cases of your favourite Fever-Tree tonic delivered right to your door! Available for UK delivery only


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