A WHISKY distillery is paying tribute to two of Glasgow’s most influential female artists by naming its two new stills after them.

After months of deliberation, the stills installed by the Glasgow Distillery at its base in Hillington have been christened after “Glasgow Girls” and sisters, Margaret and Frances Macdonald, who went on to work with and marry architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh and James Herbert MacNair respectively.

The new stills double the distillery’s production capabilities to approximately 440,000 litres a year – the equivalent of more than one million bottles of their single-malt Scotch whisky. CEO and co-founder Liam Hughes said: “I love that many contemporaries marvelled at the sisters’ metalwork – a heavy, dirty process that women usually avoided.

“It seemed incredibly fitting that we name our new stills after sisters who specialised in hands-on, technical art practices such as metalwork and paved the way in traditionally male-dominated practices. I couldn’t help but draw parallels between these women and women who work in the whisky industry nowadays, particularly in production.”