Tomatin Distillery has been named Sustainable Distillery of the Year at Icons of Whisky Awards 2023.
Meaning: Hill of the juniper
Our interesting fact! In 2013 Tomatin Distillery became the first distillery in Scotland to install an environmentally efficient wood pellet fueled steam boiler for use in production.
Eco & Sustainability
Tomatin Distillery has been dedicated to protecting its craft, its environment and particularly its community, which is at the very heart of the Distillery. Many of the craftspeople working on site have been doing so their entire working lives – all working towards producing a wide range of single malts, loved across the world.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of non-fossil fuels are the cornerstones of the Tomatin Distillery and Scotch Whisky Industry’s efforts to make manufacturing more sustainable and support a low carbon economy. In 2019 the distillery installed a weir to prevent over abstraction and ensure that the downstream water environment is healthy, in 2021 control valves were installed on the cooling system which has cut water consumption by more than half. Instead of using the draff (resultant from the mashing process) in animal feed, Tomatin Distillery now send it to a biogas plant to generate a green sustainable fuel which is then fed into the mains gas network. The local environment is protected from the effluent streams created as a result of the production process by spreading it to local land as a soil improver.
The Distillery is working with fellow members of the Scotch Whisky Association towards achieving the ambitious target, for the industry, of having net zero emissions in our operations by 2040.
A huge well done from all of us at SWE on being named ‘Sustainable Distillery of the Year’ at the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards 2023 which was announced at a prestigious awards ceremony in Edinburgh in December 2022.