lbacha wrote: The Craw wrote:
hopkirk of the still wrote:This seesm odd given the investment in Ailsa Bay.
I would say it makes perfect sense with the spirit produced from the stills down at Girvan now 3yo (spirit from Ailsa Bay started coming off the stills late in 2007 from what I have heard/read). Also, Ailsa Bay is apparently being produced in a style similar to that of Kininvie.
It's only a matter time before the similar Roseisle impact on Diageo's smaller distilleries, but here's hoping a few can end up in safe hands and flourish.
Here is to hoping the economy turns around soon so that these small distilleries don't dissapear because of financial reasons. Most companies have cut as much cost as they can from payroll so the only thing left is the distilleries themselves. I have to imagine the upkeep on a 100+ year old location is extremly high so as long as companies are cash strapped because of the economic downturn I think all small distilleries are in jeapordy.
The situation with Diageo is completely different to that of Kininvie, Kininvie has often been problematic in terms of meeting character requirements (apparently) this probably won't affect Grant's at all, especially if their acheiveing far better results at Ailsa Bay.
Monkey Shoulder will be fine for a while, they will just start using Ailsa Bay whisky.
I for one do not expect a closure from Diageo in the near future with the money they are spending on their distilleries at the moment. Many of their distilleries are having substantial investments (efficiency related mostly) = ok, not on the scale of Roseisle but still substantial. I am sticking to the optimistic story and that Roseisle won't affect current distillery status within Diageo.
The whisky industry is durable - chin up guys