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Month: January 2021

The Macallan concludes its edition series with no. 6

The Macallan launched its Edition No. 6, a limited-edition single malt whisky that celebrates the natural wonders of The Macallan Estate and the River Spey in Scotland. They have produced an annual Edition since 2016 and this final Edition Series release brings together The Macallan’s Ghillie Robert Mitchell, Hardy, the world’s most renowned fly-fishing brand, …

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Hydrogen-powered whisky and gin

TWO distilleries on Orkney are investigating whether they can use hydrogen to make their whisky and gin. Whisky maker Highland Park and gin producer Orkney Distillery are looking at powering their distilleries using hydrogen. Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is at the forefront of hydrogen technology. The centre is using electricity generated by renewable …

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Bruichladdich Distillery hydrogen project given the green light

Protium Green Solutions has received more than £70,000 to help incorporate hydrogen combustion technology into Bruichladdich Distillery, on the Rhinns of the isle of Islay in Scotland. Part of the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), the project is thought to be the next step in assessing the application of alternative fuels at the island-based …

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How has the closure of pubs and restaurants affected alcohol sales?

We have all been spending more time than usual indoors this year. And whilst we haven’t been able to enjoy pubs and restaurants, many would agree that their weekly supermarket spend has increased largely down to a greater amount alcohol being consumed at home during the lockdowns. Various health professionals and charities expressed their concerns, …

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Amber Lights: Benriach’s new quartet of malt expressions produces a fine symphony of flavours

Another distillery revamping its single malt range, including peaty variants, is Benriach, just south of Elgin. A distillery founded in 1898, Benriach has over the decades passed through several hands but is now one of three (the others being Glenglassaugh near Cullen and GlenDronach near Huntly) acquired recently by the US firm Brown Forman. Brown Forman’s foray into Scotland is an …

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