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Duncan & Taylor go carbon neutral

Published:  23 July, 2008

Whisky merchant Duncan Taylor & Co is to open Scotland's first carbon neutral distillery near Aberdeen.

The merchant plans to set-up a two-acre site in the village of Huntley, west of Aberdeen by June 2008.

The 3.5m distillery will include a bottling plant, visitor centre, offices and warehousing.

It will house single malt copper pot stills, a four-column neutral grin plant and a single experimental still.

The distillery will produce 750,000 litres of alcohol, the same size as Oban Distillery and Springbank Distillers, said Duncan Taylor & Co in a statement.

It will be powered by burning woodchips.

Euan Shand, owner of Duncan Taylor & Co, said: "Having worked in the whisky industry most of my life this is a realisation of a life-long ambition.

"The distillery comes at an exciting time for the industry with India and China opening up. Europe is also a dynamic marketplace that is rediscovering Scotch whisky and we want to be at the forefront of this renaissance."