Chivas fires up stills at new Dalmunach Distillery

14th October, 2014 by Becky Paskin

Chivas Brothers’ newest Scotch malt distillery, Dalmunach, is set to begin producing liquid this month for the group’s blended whiskies, Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s and Royal Salute.

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Chivas Brothers’ Dalmunach Distillery in Speyside has been built to blend in with its surroundings

The Speyside distillery is capable of producing 10 million litres of spirit per year from four sets of stills that are shaped to replicate those from the Imperial distillery, which previously occupied the site.

The stills have been positioned in a circular design as an aesthetic feature.

The distillery also features 16 stainless steel washbacks plus a 9.5m diameter mashtun.

Dalmunach, which is named after a nearby pool in the River Spey, is Chivas Brothers’ 14th malt distillery and has been built using environmentally-conscious technology such as heat recovery systems.

Laurent Lacassagne, chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, said: “As global demand for Scotch whisky increases year-on-year, our confidence in the long-term growth prospects for the category remains strong.

“The construction of the new Dalmunach distillery is a clear demonstration of our confidence and also of our commitment to invest to meet the significant growth potential.

“With their reputation for crafted excellence, our blended whiskies form a key part of the Chivas Brothers portfolio in both emerging economies and mature markets, so we believe the increased capacity which the new distillery will provide will help to drive the business forward in the years to come.”

The Imperial distillery, which occupied the site up until 2012, lay unused for 16 years prior to its demolition.

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