Pernod Ricard‘s scotch whisky business Chivas Brothers has announced plans for its first distillery on the isle of Islay, Scotland.
The new distillery marks the first time Chivas Brothers has expanded its scotch portfolio to contain an Islay whisky. The sustainable scotch brand – which has a goal to be carbon neutral in distillation across all of its sites by the end of 2026 – says that the design of the Islay project (and any future new-build distillery), will be carbon neutral in distillation from inception.
Once operational, the facility’s production will focus on Islay single malt, celebrating the region’s distinctly smoky and peated profile.
Jean-Etienne Gourgues, chairman and CEO at Chivas Brothers, commented: “The introduction of an Islay whisky completes our comprehensive and award-winning scotch portfolio. As a business built on hundreds of years of heritage, it also gives us the opportunity to do something we rarely do, which is to start from scratch.”
He continued: “Here on Islay, we can create a blueprint for carbon-neutral distilling and continue to usher in this era of sustainable scotch. We are committed to scotch, to the Islay community and the landscape that makes it the perfect place to continue our vision to shape the future of whisky.”
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