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Cameronbridge Distillery

Whisky Concerns

17 August 2011


10.000 litres of nitric acid spiled from a container, some of the acid mixed with water releasing dangerous gases into an outer safety tank.

Cameronbridge grain whisky is used in Diageo's  brands Johnnie Walker, J & B, Haig and White Horse blends.

Also the neutral grain spirit for Archers, Pimm's Smirnoff and the gin's Gordon andTanqueray.

Whisky: Single grain
Gin: Gordon’s; Tanqueray

When statistics talk of Scotland producing more than 70% of the UK’s gin requirements, the majority comes from Diageo’s Cameronbridge grain distillery in Fife.

The home of David Beckham’s Haig Club, it was built in 1824 and is the largest grain distillery in Europe, as well as being the home of Gordon’s gin (37.5% abv; £16), the best-selling gin in the world – despite the controversial lowering of its abv from 40% in the UK in 1992.

Gordon’s is triple-distilled with juniper, angelica, coriander and one other botanical, but the complete recipe is known to only a select few. From its roots in Southwark, London in 1769, the Gordon’s range has grown to include an export strength version of the classic, a Sloe Gin (37.5% abv; £16), Elderflower Gin (37.5% abv; £16) and, as of last year, a Pink Gin (37.5% abv; £16) that’s infused with the flavour of raspberries and strawberries.

Cameronbridge also produces the more premium Tanqueray London Dry Gin (43.1% abv; £18), which is made using only four botanicals, according to a recipe created by Charles Tanqueray in the 1830s.

The super-premium Tanqueray No Ten (47.3%; £30) is named after the stills it’s produced in, and is a favourite of bartenders in classic Martinis and Negronis. The range also includes the India-inspired Tanqueray Rangpur (41.3% abv; £28) and orange-infused Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla (41.3% abv; £30)

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