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Phillip Stout – Wading In To Nine Rivers

I’m Phillip Stout and this is my story of how I became involved in the Nine Rivers Distillery Project. I suppose my first real experience with whisky was with my older brother in his mission to try and drag me away from the sweet, bottled drinks that I was so fond of.  I don’t know […]

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From Cape Town to China: My journey to Nine Rivers Distillery

It seems almost blasphemous to say this, but whisky wasn’t really on my radar until several years after expatriating to Shenzhen from Cape Town. The reason is simply that as most South Africans would agree we usually drink brandy mixed with cola. This changed sometime around 2003 when I expatriated to Shenzhen, China. At that […]

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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE’S THE BARLEY

Sit back, grab a glass, and let me tell you the tale of an old barley farmer from a small village in Scotland. Every summer, when the grains go yellow and start nodding towards the soil, he grips his gnarled walking stick, pushes to his feet, and trundles out to the fields with a groan […]

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Toy Blocks, Sharpies and Feng Shui – How to Design a Distillery

Say you had the opportunity to design a distillery from scratch. The world is your oyster in terms of equipment and style, but you have to build a viable business. Would you want a giant floor for malting barley the traditional way, or would you save the space and buy your malt in bulk? Would […]

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SEARCHING CHINA FOR THE BEST PLACE TO MAKE WHISKY

Location has a huge impact on the success or failure of a distillery. From the obvious aspects such as costs, climate and logistics, to the less obvious aspects like whether or not anyone would actually want to visit the place, there’s a lot to consider before breaking ground.  Choosing the right location was the first […]

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WORLD CLASS WHISKY – WHY NOT CHINA?

When you think world class whisky – why not China? We certainly didn’t – at least not at first. Back in 2016, a group of us were at a monthly whisky social in Shenzhen, and as we got deeper into our cups the conversation kept on circling back to the question of why. We all had […]

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Our Bottles

After an interesting creative process, developing a design for our own glass, a number of different molds and 3 separate sample production runs we were ready for our first production run of bespoke glass. We partnered with one of the leading glass bottle producers in China, to create the glass that will contain our limited […]

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The Founders’ Casks

As Nine Rivers Distillery’s plans begin their move from paper to implementation, one exciting milestone took form in The Founders’ Casks announcement, the distillery’s very first limited-edition release. Since the inspiration for the casks originated from the location of the barrels used, the six expressions of The Founders’ Casks will be named as follows: Madeira, […]

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Nine Rivers Distillery Investors Social

Shenzhen, China. On July 9th, 2021, we had our first official Investors Social for the Nine Rivers Distillery Project.  While we have hosted many whisky themed events across China over the last few years, this was the first time we had a gathering of people from multiple cities come together in one place outside of […]

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Hayden Zou Joins Nine Rivers Distillery

Longyan City, China. Nine Rivers Distillery appoints Hayden Zou to the role of General Manager and also to the Board of Directors. Hayden brings with him an extensive experience that includes a number of foreign owned and foreign invested startups at board level roles over the past 15 years. Simon Szewach – Nine Rivers Distillery […]

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