Blog: Chris Brook-CarterWhisky - ideal in the heating of the moment

Chris Brook-Carter | 28 September 2004

It is widely known that whisky is always good for warming you up on a cold winter’s evening. But a new initiative in Scotland will keep locals cosy, whether they drink the stuff or not.

Pulteney Distillery, home to the UK mainland’s most northerly single malt whisky, has been chosen as the base for Scotland’s first biomass fuelled heat and power scheme. The distillery, which makes Old Pulteney single malt whisky, will trial plans to provide environmentally-friendly, low-cost heat to almost 600 householders in the area.

The initiative will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a suggested 5,100 tonnes annually, as well as reducing costs for local residents and businesses to an anticipated £5 cost per week.

Old Pulteney’s suitability for the initiative is due to its “worm condenser” technique, which helps to create the whisky’s distinctive taste and aroma but is more costly and less efficient than more modern distillery production methods. The condenser will be used to trade waste heat generated during distillation for steam created by the scheme, in order to repeat their production process more economically and also pump heat into surrounding homes.

Speaking to The Herald newspaper over the weekend, Graham MacWilliam, distilleries general manager, said: “We are delighted to be putting our more traditional Scotch whisky production techniques to another good use in a project that is a world first by using a distillery. This pioneering environmental project is an added bonus, in that the people of Wick can further benefit from production at the distillery.”


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