Burn Stewart halted production in Tobermory last year

Burn Stewart halted production in Tobermory last year

A Burn Stewart Distillers' facility that has suspended production because of a lack of water will need three days of rain to replenish supplies.

Water levels at the Tobermory Distillery have dropped so low that the master blender stopped operations because he could no longer ensure quality, a Burn Stewart spokesperson told just-drinks today (12 April). The distillery takes water from Lochan Gearabhain on Mull, which is in the middle of a drought. 

Production will restart when rainfall replenishes the loch, which will take three days of rain, the spokesperson said.

The distillery produces about 900,000 litres a year, including the Tobermory and Ledeaig brands, the spokesperson said.

Production was also halted last year during a similar drought, the spokesperson added.

In September, Burn Stewart Distillers announced a healthy rise in full-year profits, helped by strong growth in international markets.