The plans are part of a wider GBP1bn investment programme in Scotch whisky

The plans are part of a wider GBP1bn investment programme in Scotch whisky

Diageo is spending GBP30m (US$49m) to double production capacity at its Clynelish Distillery as part of a previously announced GBP1bn wider investment in Scotch whisky. 

Under the latest plans, announced today (16 January), the Clynelish facility, in Sutherland, will see an extra mashtun installed, ten new washbacks and six new copper stills - lifting capacity to 9m litres of alcohol a year. A bio-energy plant is also planned to provide non-fossil fuel energy to power the distillery, the company said.

The site, Diageo's most northerly facility, produces whisky used in its high-profile blended brand Johnnie Walker as well as Clynelish's own single malt brand.  

“Clynelish is a very special distillery, producing spirit that is highly prized for its quality and character and is an important part of our Scotch whisky blending inventory, so this is an important part of our investment programme,” said Keith Miller, Diageo's director of distillation & maturation. 

The plans are the latest chapter in the group's five-year strategy to invest GBP1bn in its Scotch whisky production facilites, first announced in June 2012. The group has seen significant growth in its Scotch whisky brands in emerging markets and expects this boom to be sustained, it has said. 

The investment also includes plans to double capacity at its Glen Ord and Teaninich sites and the construction of a “major” new distilllery.