Whisky news from the The Scotch Whisky Association - 24th May, 2011
Scottish Whisky Industry Collaborates on Renewal Energy
Construction will begin today on a £60.5 million biomass/feeds combined heat and power plant in Rothes in Speyside, Scotland. It will use Scotch Whisky distillery by-products to generate electricity, produce animal feed and drastically cut carbon emissions.
Helius CoRDe Ltd - a consortium comprising Scotch Whisky producers The Combination of Rothes Distillers, energy firm Helius Energy Plc and project equity company Rabo Project
Equity BV - is behind the plant. Thought to be the first of its kind in the world, the plant will generate 7.2MW of electricity – enough to power 9,000 homes – most for export to the national grid. It will also produce as animal feed in the form of pot ale syrup. It is estimated it will save 46,642 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The project will create approximately 100 jobs during construction and it will employ around 20 full-time people when operational in 2013.
Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, will be in Rothes today to “cut the turf” to mark the start of construction at Helius CoRDe.
Mr Hewitt said: “This project underlines the Scotch Whisky industry’s commitment to investing in the future. In 2009 the industry made a commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels as a source of energy. The project shows how we can create a virtuous circle within the Scotch Whisky production process. The project is benefiting from initiatives, such as the Renewables Obligation Scotland which is vital for renewable energy schemes such as this to go ahead.
“The innovative project is an excellent example of what can be achieved through collaboration between Scotch Whisky distillers. It will be a welcome boost to the region in these challenging economic times.”
Frank Burns, Managing Director of Helius CoRDe Ltd, said: “This innovative project demonstrates how Scotch Whisky by-products can be put to good use to provide a big boost to the environment and ensure there are new sources of energy available for future generations. It also shows distillers working together, and in partnership with third party expertise, for the future benefit of the entire industry. Without that collaboration the Rothes plant would not be possible.”
Adrian Bowles, CEO of Helius Energy, said: “We are delighted to start construction of this plant in Rothes and look forward to delivering low carbon renewable energy into the national grid on schedule.”
Paragon Of Time Collection: The Singleton 53-Year-Old: The Singleton Single Malt Scotch Releases Its Oldest Ever Bottling
Published Date: 19th September 2019
Diageo announced today that The Singleton Single Malt Scotch Whisky will reveal its oldest ever release, the first in the Paragon of Time Collection: a 53-Year-Old 1964 Vintage. With only 117 bottles drawn from a single oak hogshead cask from the Dufftown distillery, the special release is the rarest expression of The Singleton in existence. Read more
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Launches 8 New Premium Octaves™ and includes a 20-year old Bowmore, a 46-year old Port Dundas and a 26-year old Glen Grant.
Published Date: 18th September 2019
Innovators of maturation in Octave™ casks, Huntly-based Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky has significantly extended their range, with the launch of eight new premium Octave™ whiskies to the market. Read more
Lagavulin™ Launches 21 year old Single Malt As their annual Limited-Edition Jazz Bottling
Published Date: 13th September 2019
Lagavulin Distillery has announced the release of a new 21 year old limited-edition Single malt bottling to celebrate 21 years of Islay Jazz Festival. Read more