Giant New Roseisle Distillery Nears Completion

Liquor giant Diageo came a step closer to finishing its new Speyside whisky distillery at Moray, installing the last of 14 massive copper stills this week.

The Roseisle plant was first announced in February 2007. It is expected to go into production in January 2009 with an output of 10 million liters of whisky annually, dwarfing the 4 million liter capacity of Diageo’s second largest plant at Dufftown.

The Roseisle facility will distill both malt and grain whiskies malt whisky, with the first finished product available in 2012. It will be used primarily in blends, including Diageo’s 12-year-old Johnny Walker Black Label ($27, Wine Pavillion).

The new distillery is part of a $185 million expansion for Diageo and comes amid a surge in worldwide demand for Scotch whisky, driven by Asia, continental Europe and the United States.

Glenmorangie has also announced expansion plans for its namesake single malt distillery in Tain and its Islay Ardbeg distillery in Port Ellen. It will build a new bottling facility to meet increased production, and will relocate its headquarters back to Edinburgh.

~ by whisky1 on August 22, 2008.

3 Responses to “Giant New Roseisle Distillery Nears Completion”

  1. […] I have absolutely no inside knowledge here but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the response is at least in part a calculated effort to nip some uncomfortable truths in the bud — namely, commodities prices are skyrocketing and will almost certainly lead to whisky price increases over the long haul that could wind up hurting demand at a time of massive industry expansion. […]

  2. […] The good people at the Loch Fyne Whiskies blog hopped a fence and took some pictures of the new Roseisle distillery in Speyside, due to open next year. Follow the link for a larger […]

  3. […] summary of the new Roseisle distillery, near Elgin on the Moray Firth coast. (We’ve been following the story and have some spy shots of the […]

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