Edrington will begin construction of The Macallans new distillery in October

Edrington will begin construction of The Macallan's new distillery in October

Edrington has been given the go-ahead to start construction of a new distillery for its The Macallan Scotch whisky brand.

The company, which unveiled its plans to upgrade The Macallan's current distillery on Speyside to a new facility on the same plot of land late last year, was granted planning permission by The Moray Council earlier today. Construction will begin in October.

Capacity details are not yet available, although the company confirmed back in November that the capacity rise will be “significant”. The current site has an annual capacity of 10m litres.

“Only the external appearance of the distillery will change,” said Graham Hutcheon, Edrington's group operations director. “The quality of The Macallan … will not be compromised. We look forward to starting on site soon.”

The distillery and a new visitor centre are set to open in the Spring next year.