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Diageo Plans £30 Million Expansion Of Clynelish Scotch Distillery

January 16, 2014

In the latest initiative of its £1 billion ($1.64b) Scotch whisky investment program, Diageo has announced plans for a £30 million ($49m) expansion of its Clynelish Distillery in Sutherland. Clynelish, Diageo’s northernmost Scotch whisky distillery, produces single malt whisky for use in blends such as Johnnie Walker, the world’s top-selling Scotch brand.

Under the plans submitted to the Highland Council, Diageo intends to install an additional mashtun (the vessel for soaking the malted barley), 10 new washbacks (vessels for the fermentation process) and six new copper stills at Clynelish. The distillery currently has 10 washbacks and six stills.

Diageo announced its £1 billion Scotch investment program in mid-2012, and the Highland region has been a key target, with the spirits giant already committing almost £150 million ($245m) there through projects like major expansions of the Glen Ord and Teaninich distilleries and plans to build a new distillery at Alness.

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