Roseisle distillery 

Roseisle distillery opening 

On Monday 11 October, Diageo unveiled its new £40 million distillery at Roseisle in Speyside, Scotland. The Roseisle distillery is the first malt distillery of scale to be opened in Scotland in over 30 years and has been built in response to demand for Scotch whisky brands such as Johnnie Walker and Buchanan’s around the world.

The award-winning distillery combines centuries of accumulated distilling knowledge and expertise with cutting-edge design and green technology to produce quality spirit for Diageo’s brands. The £40 million investment in Roseisle is part of the £600 million invested by Diageo in Scotland over the past six fiscal years and is focused on building high quality capacity to meet growing international demand for Diageo’s iconic brands.

Paul Walsh said: “Roseisle distillery is a great source of pride to everyone at Diageo. It gathers all the skill and knowledge we have built up over centuries in distilling whisky and combines it with the highest quality design possible, to create a stunning new distillery. It also uses cutting edge technology to significantly minimise our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

Roseisle is also part of a major capital investment programme which Diageo has been rolling out across Scotland and clearly signals our confidence in and commitment to Scotland and Scotch whisky. The distillery is a tremendous achievement and a credit to all those involved in its design and build.”

Roseisle has been built at a time when the global Scotch whisky market remains buoyant with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) reporting exports to have risen by 3% in value to £3.13bn, contributing £99 every second to the UK trade balance in 2009. Over the same period, export volumes increased by 4% worldwide, with the equivalent of 1.1bn 70cl bottles of Scotch whisky shipped. The SWA reported that Scotch whisky enjoyed continuing success in Brazil (+44%), Mexico (+25%) and Taiwan (+14%), each a significant developing market in 2009.

Roseisle has been designed to build on best practice from Diageo’s other 27 malt and grain distilleries to improve efficiency and performance, building on centuries of distilling experience and knowledge. The distillery has already won two awards in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland 2010 Awards - Sustainability Project of the Year and the overall Project of the Year. It features 14 copper stills crafted by Diageo’s coppersmiths at Abercrombies, Alloa and has a production capacity of 10 million litres of spirit per annum. The liquid produced at Roseisle will be used in Diageo Scotch whisky blends from 2012.

Roseisle is one of the most environmentally sustainable Scotch whisky distilleries. The majority of the by-products will be recycled on site in a bioenergy facility, helping the distillery to generate most of its own energy and reduce potential CO2 emissions by approximately 13,000 tonnes (equivalent to 10,000 family cars) through direct savings on fuel use for steam raising.

To learn more about the making of the distillery, play the video below.

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