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New Malt Whisky Definition To Affect Loch Lomond Operations


May have to shut down some of its environment friendly production processes.

Loch Lomond Distillery, a maker of blended whisky based in Alexandria near Glasgow, is soliciting support to overturn plans which would make the industry less competitive and less environmentally friendly.

A new definition of ‘Scotch malt whisky’, which is going to be enforced with effect from November 23 will bind producers such as Loch Lomond to abandon efforts to reduce energy waste and help combat climate change.

However, unless consumers lobby MPs to accommodate the new regulations governing what kind of stills can produce Scotland’s national drink, the distillery may have to shut down some of its production process.

The company said it already uses lightweight glass to reduce the amount of packaging sent to landfill. The company, for the last two years, has been using an energy efficient single still which it claims, helps save thousands of tons of CO2 every year.

However, according to new rules unless they use a less efficient old fashioned pot still, Loch Lomond will not be allowed to use the term ‘malt whisky’.

John Peterson, director of distilling for Loch Lomond, said: “We have a method that produces a very good malt but we are being penalised. We want to make the process better and save considerable amounts of energy. As it is we are preventing more than 1,400 tonnes of CO2 being released every year.”

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