Up-for-sale Halewood Wines & Spirits looks set to launch two more Scotch brands north of the border.
The business has applied under its John Crabbie whisky brand to register the trademarks ‘The Nor’loch Distillery’ and ‘The Bonnington Distillery’ with the Intellectual Property Office.
Nor’loch and Bonnington are areas in Edinburgh, where Halewood is building a £7m distillery for the recently resurrected John Crabbie.
Halewood is seeking class 21, 25, 32, 33, 40, 41 and 43 trademarks, covering spirits; distillery services; bar, restaurant and catering services; exhibitions; clothing; and kitchen and household utensils.
A spokesman for the company said it would “continue to invest north of the border, behind the Crabbie’s brand and in its wider drinks portfolio”, and that it “occasionally lodges trademark applications for names that could potentially be used in future NPD”.
Halewood brought John Crabbie back to market earlier this year having been dormant since the 1970s. So far, the brand has launched two single malts: a 30-year-old Speyside (rsp: £500/70cl) and an eight-year-old Highland (£30/70cl).
The new John Crabbie distillery in Leith will be the first single malt distillery to open in Edinburgh for more than a century. It is set to open in early 2019.
News of Halewood’s application with the IPO comes as the business is up for sale, having appointed NM Rothschild to explore options.