The Macallan to build £100m distillery

Edrington, which owns luxury single malt brand The Macallan, has today been granted planning permission to build a new £100m distillery and visitor centre in Speyside, Scotland.

The Macallan Distillery

Artist’s impression of the new The Macallan Distillery

The drinks group, which also owns Scotch brands The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Highland Park, first announced its intentions to build a new distillery in Speyside in November last year. 

Today, the Moray Council planning committee gave it permission to move forward with its plans to build the distillery, which will be capable of producing 15 million litres of whisky each year.

Graham Hutcheon, group operations director at Edrington, said: “This permission enables us to forge ahead with our work on site. Following a competitive tender process we have selected Robertson as our preferred contractor to deliver our new distillery and visitor centre. We have assembled a first class team, including internationally renowned architects Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners, and are confident that Robertson will complement the existing team and our aspirations for this project.

“Only the external appearance of the distillery will change, the exceptional quality of The Macallan, which has been produced for many years using copper stills from Forsyths, will not be compromised and the same focus on attention to detail and personal care of the whisky’s production will be upheld. The new distillery will undoubtedly become one of the most talked about distilleries, not only in Speyside but globally, and we look forward to starting on site soon.”

The distillery has been designed to blend into the countryside and features a “rolling roofscape” overlooking The Macallan Estate and River Spey.

The Macallan brand was founded in 1824 in Speyside and has since become one of the most sought after whisky brands in the world setting the world record earlier this year for the world’s most expensive whisky. 

Edrington’s investment follows in the footsteps of several large scale distillery projects in Scotland including a £10m distillery and visitor centre in Glasgow, and the £4m expansion of the Speyburn distillery in Speyside.

The Macallan’s new distillery is scheduled to open to the public in the Spring of 2017.

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