Edrington has officially opened the new distillery for its The Macallan single malt Scotch whisky brand, with the project costing GBP40m (US$54m) more than initially stated.

The privately-owned group unveiled the new facility, located on The Macallan's original site in Speyside, yesterday. The GBP140m investment tops the GBP100m Edrington said it would spend when it announced its plans at the end of 2013.

Designed by architect firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, who also worked on Heathrow Terminal 5 and The Lloyd's Building in London as well as Centre Pompidou in Paris, the distillery will provide a capacity increase of a third "if required", the company said. The current facility, which will be mothballed, has an annual capacity of 10m litres.

Also included in the new building is a visitor "experience", that opens at the start of next month.

"As The Macallan has grown globally it has been very important that we make sure we can sustain demand for this wonderful amber liquid," said Ken Grier, creative director for the brand. "We've taken exceptional care in making sure that the spirit that is produced in the new distillery is identical to the spirit that we produced in our previous distillery. This is the beginning of a really exciting new chapter in the evolution of this wonderful brand."

According to Edrington, The Macallan is "the leading international single malt by value and enjoys leading positions in some of the world's most significant Scotch markets including the US, Taiwan, and Japan".

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