Glen Garioch reopens after £6m Beam Suntory investment
It is nice to see good news, especially when it concerns whisky and its production. After 2 years of absence, the Glen Garioch distillery reopened following a multi-million-pound renovation by Beam Suntory, Inc. an American-founded, Japanese multinational company that produces alcoholic beverages and a subsidiary of Suntory, based in Osaka, Japan. Riverside Whisky Partners has covered Suntory and its surprise announcement to raise prices in 2022.
In the news, ‘The Spirit Business’ reports the reopening and the new innovative changes made to the distillery.
After two years of closure, Glen Garioch’s Oldmeldrum Distillery is once again open to public – and it has received a multi-million-pound makeover.
The funds were used to reinstate traditional processes at the distillery, including the reintroduction of floor maltings and the installation of direct-fired heating to the wash still.
The whisky maker has also developed a new and ‘highly efficient’ method for direct-fired distillation, forecast to cut the distillery’s carbon footprint by about 15%.
“It’s been amazing to reopen the distillery up to the public after all this time, and especially to show them all the work that has been done so far to reinstate our traditional processes and drive towards our vision of a more sustainable future,” said Kwanele Mdluli, distillery manager at Glen Garioch.
The distillery has created a ‘bottle your own’ experience around the whisky, allowing visitors to draw the liquid straight from the barrel.
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