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Glen Garioch Distillery Wraps Up Extensive Renovation

Glen Garioch’s Oldmeldrum Distillery is back open to the public after two years in renovation following Beam Suntory’s £6-million investment.

Glen Garioch, in its reopening announcement, explained how one of the oldest operational distilleries in Scotland now returns to traditional production processes while reducing its carbon footprint.

And along with this, the distillery welcomed the public back with a “Bottle Your Own” cask experience, with the launch of the 1991 Bourbon Single Cask. Visitors will be able to bottle their own whisky straight from the cask in one of Glen Garioch’s warehouses.

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An aging warehouse at Glen Garioch (image via Beam-Suntory)

Beam Suntory’s investment in Glen Garioch speaks to the effort to restore and upgrade one of oldest operating distilleries in Scotland, making hand-crafted Highland single malt going back more than 225 years.

The physical renovation brought in new floor maltings and installed direct-fired heating to the wash still, traditional methods to honor the two centuries of heritage at the Oldmeldrum Distillery.

Glen Garioch developed what’s described as this new, safe and efficient method for direct-fired distillation, to which the distillers expect to reduce their carbon footprint up to 15 percent.

Kwanele Mdluli, distillery manager of Glen Garioch, said in a prepared statement, “It’s been amazing to re-open 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.”

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