The newly expanded Glenlivet distillery

The newly expanded Glenlivet distillery

Pernod Ricard has officially opened a GBP10m (US$14.6m) extension at its distillery for The Glenlivet Scotch whisky brand.

The company's Chivas Brothers unit, which owns The Glenlivet, today (4 June) saw His Royal Highness Prince Charles open the extension, which includes six new stills, eight washbacks and one mash tun.

Pernod believes that the expansion, which increases capacity at the distillery by 75%, gives The Glenlivet capacity to become the biggest single malt Scotch brand.

To celebrate the opening, The Glenlivet will release 1,824 bottles of The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve, consisting of 21-year-old non-chill filtered Scotch. The number of bottles commemorates the year the distillery was founded, 1824.

The Glenlivet, which Pernod inherited when it acquired Seagram brands in 2001, is the second biggest-selling single malt Scotch behind Glenfiddich.

Pernod said the brand holds 9.3% share of the single malt market globally, with Glenfiddich accounting for 14.8%.