Local SNP MP Richard Thomson has welcomed the announcement of a £6 million investment in Glen Garioch’s renowned distillery within his Gordon Parliamentary constituency.
Glen Garioch owner Bean Suntory has today [March 16] announced a planned investment that will see the Oldmeldrum-based distillery revert to more traditional production processes and introduce new cutting-edge technology for direct-fired distillation – measures that will help to reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint by as much as 15%.
Glen Garioch has been making its Single Malt Scotch Whisky since 1797 and is one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland. Work began on the restoration and upgrading of the distillery in 2020. Various milestones will be reached over the course of 2021 including the reintroduction of floor maltings as well as the installation of direct-fired heating to the wash still – traditional methods which are only used by a handful of distilleries.
The first spirit produced using the revised process will come off the stills later in 2021.
Speaking following the announcement, Mr Thomson said: “This is a significant investment and will bring a very welcome boost for the Glen Garioch distillery. The combination of reintroducing some rarely-used traditional production methods alongside the associated environmental benefits will help to further reinforce Glen Garioch’s reputation as one of Scotland’s finest Single Malts. I look forward to being able to visit the distillery to see the new methods in action as soon as it is again possible to do so.”