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Owner: Diageo Capacity: 12.500.000 litres a year Output: (2012) 10.000.000 litres a year Pot Stills: 7 Wash Stills, heated by exterial heat exchangers 7 Spirit Stills, heated by steam coils 2 diferent whiskies are produced: (2012) Light Speyside, fermentation time 75 hours Heavy Speyside, fermentation time 50-60- hours Total Cost: 40.000.000 pound Mashes a week: (2012) 42 = 10.000.000 litres spirit a year Pronunciation: "ROSE - eye - ul" Region: Speyside Neighbours: Glen Moray, Linkwood, Glenburgie (Mosstowie), Glenburgie (Glencraig). Rejuvenate time: 30 mintes after every run Established: 2008 with the first distillation in 2009 Status: Active Water Source: Underground water was extracted from bore holes using well pumps. Ambient levels of iron,
manganese and turbitity reduced in on - site water treatment facility. Water is cooled prior to return to environment. Floor Maltings: Produced on - site Malt bins: 3, each 115 tonnes Mash Tun: 2 Stainless Steel, with 13 tonnes each Condensers: 6 Stills can be swiched between copper and stainless steel
Condensers Burghead Maltings: Roseisle Distillery is connected with the 7 Kilns of Burghead
3 kilometer North of Roseisle with
Six of its seven pairs of stills can switch between stainless steel or standard (copper) shell and tube condensers. If a light grassy spirit is required, long fermentation (in excess of 90 hours) is used, along with slow distillation with air rests, and condensing in the copper condensers. Conversely, if a heavy style is needed then the stainless steel condensers will be used. The lack of extended copper ‘conversation’ will add the requisite weight to the spirit. A nutty (malty) style could also be produced by shortening mashing and fermentation regimes. The grassy style which is currently produced is different noticeably to that from other Diageo sites such as Glen Ord or Royal Lochnagar.
Roseisle was mired in controversy even before the first sod was cut to start construction. The largest distiller building a large distillery signalled some doom-mongers to predict that parent firm Diageo would use Roseisle’s opening as an excuse to close down some of its smaller sites. It soon became the equivalent of a whisky Death Star.
In reality its size, at 10m litres per annum, was smaller than Glenfiddich, and its construction was merely the first stage in a £1bn investment by Diageo in increasing capacity across its estate. Rather than closing anything down, Roseisle ushered in a new era of distillery building.
A biomass plant means it generates much of its own energy, while a heat recovery system allows waste heat from the distillery to help run the maltings at nearby Burghead and across the road at Roseisle.
Diageo announces plans to build a new super-distillery in Morayshire
Construction complete, Roseisle begins test production
Diageo officially unveils Roseisle in October
The eco-friendly Roseisle aids Diageo in cutting its total carbon emissions by 26%