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A New Meaning to Whisky with Water as Floods Hit Glengoyne Distillery
By Yvonne Granger
Posted on: 19 August 2004
Edinburgh, 19 August 2004: Glengoyne Distillery in Dumgoyne by Killearn also fell foul of the freak weather conditions yesterday when the Blairgar burn, which provides water to the distillery, burst its banks and a flash flood descended upon the picturesque site.
Around 90 visitors were trapped inside the distillery buildings whilst they waited for the water to subside enough to allow them back to their vehicles. The distillery staff were on hand to reassure their guests and make them as comfortable as possible, providing food and refreshments.
Distillery Manager, Robbie Hughes, said: "It was unbelievable. The heavy rain started at about lunchtime and just didn't let up. At about 3pm, water just descended on us, bringing with it rocks and logs and other debris and a fast flowing river ran through our courtyard.
"Luckily nobody was hurt and we kept all our visitors inside the buildings until it was safe enough for them to leave. The water was still quite deep so we used the Glengoyne Land Rover to transport them back to their vehicles and away to safety."
Some of the warehouses were also flooded and today distillery workers were out checking the casks to assess the damage. The site has now been cleared of all debris and has been made safe for visitors. The visitor centre is open for business and whisky production will continue as normal.
For more information contact:
Iain Weir or Kate Nimmo
Head of Marketing Senior Account Executive
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. Profile Plus
t: 01506 852205 t: 0131 554 6111
Notes to Editors
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. is an independent family-owned company, founded by Leonard Russell in 1936. The acquisition of Glengoyne Distillery, in April 2003, fulfils Ian Macleod's strategic objective to become a fully integrated distiller, blender and bottler. Ian Macleod produces a range of blended and malt whiskies, as well as rum, gin and vodka.
Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky:
Award-winning Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world. The single malt has been distilled at Glengoyne distillery since 1833. It is the only malt marketed as being "The Authentic taste of Malt Whisky untainted by Peat Smoke" - The Real Taste of Malt. The Glengoyne portfolio consists of the 10 year old, 17 year old, 21 year old and 28 year old, as well as limited special bottlings of Glengoyne.
The premium malt whisky market has shown substantial growth in recent years and is the strongest growing sector of the Scotch whisky industry. The principal markets for the Glengoyne single malt are the UK, Scandinavia, France, Germany and the USA. Glengoyne 17 year old was voted World's Best Single Highland Malt in the "Best of the Best" whisky tasting, organised by "Whisky Magazine". 62 independent industry experts took part in this blind tasting.
Glengoyne Distillery and Visitor Centre - "Scotland's Most Beautiful Distillery":
Situated at Dumgoyne, on the south-western edge of the Highlands, close to Loch Lomond and to the north of Glasgow, the distillery is in an exceptionally attractive location whilst also being close to the population centres of Glasgow and the Scottish central belt. For over 150 years the distillery has produced Highland single malt whisky and the current distilling capacity is up to one million litres of alcohol per annum. The Glengoyne Visitor Centre attracts over 35,000 visitors per annum, as well as entertaining significant numbers of corporate parties. The Visitor Centre strongly supports the marketing and promotion of the Glengoyne malts and the Langs blends.
For further information contact Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd on tel: 01506 852205 or www.ianmacleod.com