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Gordon MP Heard of Exciting New Developments at Visit to Glen Garioch Distillery



Gordon MP Richard Thomson has visited Glen Garioch Distillery where he was given a tour of the distillery by assistant visitor centre manager, Catherine Housely.

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Catherine explained the various stages of the distilling process and recounted the important part the distillery has played in the history of Oldmeldrum. The Glen Garioch distillery recently underwent a £6 million renovation project to reinstate traditional malting floors and a direct-fired still.

The Gordon MP was then given a briefing by Paul Robertson, the Senior Public Affairs Manager – UK on an exciting new development in distilling by Beam Suntory and Supercritical Solutions which are celebrating a world-first in their journey to Net Zero with the introduction of hydrogen distilling for whisky production.

The company has successfully completed a direct-fired distillation trial using 100% hydrogen for whisky production in a trial at the Yamazaki pilot distillery in Japan. The development is hailed as positive progress for the ‘WhiskHy’ project, funded by UK government’s Green Distilleries Competition. The successful trial is a world-first achievement, with the project having made considerable advancements towards zero emission distilling at an industrial scale. A part of the distilled spirit will be casked in Scotland at the Glen Garioch distillery, where it will be quality assessed as it matures.

Speaking afterwards, Richard Thomson MP said:

“It was fantastic to be able to make a return visit to Glen Garioch and to learn more about the impact that the investment made by parent company Suntory is having.

“The distillery has made a number of significant changes recently to its processes, which not only have a positive impact on the environment but will also allow the product of this unique distillery to continue to grow in reputation globally.

“Whisky is a very significant part of ‘Brand Scotland’ and makes an enormous contribution to the local and national economy, delivering £7.1bn in GVA to the economy; supporting 66,000 jobs throughout the UK, and accounts for 26% of all UK food and drink exports.

“We are very fortunate to have a distillery of such calibre and innovation in Aberdeenshire, and I look forward to seeing the Glen Garioch team go from strength to strength in future.”

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