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Month: February 2020

Whisky distilleries going green as part of new sustainability strategy

Whisky firm Chivas Brothers aims to create its first carbon-neutral distillery within two years. The French-owned company has chosen Glentauchers, on Speyside, to lead the way in going 100% green-friendly. Glentauchers – just off the A95 between Keith and Aberlour – is expected to be 90% carbon-neutral within 18 months, with Chivas switching an investment …

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The Rediscovery of Bere Barley

The Orkney Islands are breath-taking for many reasons. There is abundant marine and avian wildlife on display as well as the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe. However, Orkney plays host to something more subtle but just as fascinating, the Bere strain of barley (pronounced bear). The archaic type of barley is very distinctive …

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Springbank’s Longrow Whisky Label Debuts 13 Year Old Finished In Ex-Chilean Red Wine Casks

Scotland’s Springbank distillery, located in the Campbeltown region that, at one time, hosted over 30 such operations, has a number of popular brands under its umbrella. One of these is Longrow, first distilled in 1973 as a result of an experiment to see if a peated, Islay style single malt could be produced on the …

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