Tuesday, March 16, 2021


Beam Suntory, has today announced plans for a £6 million renovation and upgrade of its Highlands based Glen Garioch Distillery.

The renovation will see the distillery return to more traditional production processes, while also introducing new cutting-edge technology for direct-fired distillation. The planned changes will also reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint.

Glen Garioch to undergo £6m distillery upgrade

The cornerstone of this transformation, will be the reintroduction of floor maltings as well as the installation of direct-fired heating to the wash still – traditional methods still used by only a handful of whisky distilleries.

To complement this return to tradition, Glen Garioch has developed a state-of-the-art, highly efficient and safe method for direct fired distillation, which Beam Suntory anticipates will reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint by around 15%.

Commenting on the news, Kwanele Mdluli, Distillery Manager at Glen Garioch, said: “We are proud to make this investment in Glen Garioch’s historic distillery, and we’re excited about the future. Although these traditional distilling and malting methods are rare in today’s industry, our teams have deep expertise and passion for these methods, and we’re all looking forward to bringing them back to our distillery. We are honoured to be a part of Glen Garioch’s long tradition of innovation and quality craftsmanship.”

The upgrade and renovation work at the Glen Garioch distillery, is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Posted by Steve Rush