Speyside boost as state-of-the-art distillery goes into production

Speyside’s newest state-of-the-art whisky distillery has commenced production exactly two years after the investment by Chivas Brothers was announced.

The site of the former Imperial Distillery at Carron had lain unoccupied for 14 years before it was selected as the site of the new Dalmunach Distillery.

Chivas Brothers purchased the site in 2005 before announcing in 2012 that they would increase whisky production by a quarter, reopening the Glen Keith distillery and building the a completely new facility at Carron.

The new distillery can be seen from the Speyside Way walking trail – but the manner in which it was built has been acknowledged as sympathetic to its environment.

Welcoming the news that production had started Angus Robertson MP, who is vice-chair of the Westminster all-part whisky group, said: “The investment going on in Speyside in the malt whisky sector is at record levels – and Chivas’ Dalmunach Distillery is one of the biggest individual investments to date.

“The construction alone has already supported a significant amount of work in the region and with an increased staff at Chivas to run the new distillery and the long-term work for supply chain businesses this is great news for Moray Speyside and for Scotland as a whole.

“With numerous major investments from the distillery companies operating in Moray there is a massive investment going on and a huge boost to the economy.”

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