The WDSC Technical Tours provide you the opportunity to visit several notable distilleries and a bottling plant in the Kingdom of Fife. You can choose to see either the large scale operations of the impressive Diageo Cameronbridge distillery and Leven Bottling Plant or alternatively explore two local craft scale distilleries. This large scale/craft split is new for the 2020 Conference and aims to provide you with scales that may reflect your aspirations or current practice. Both tour options will include lunch and will cost £36 (£30.00 + VAT). The technical tours can be booked as part of the conference registration process.
As these are operational sites, PPE will be required and we ask during registration to provide your shoe size. Other PPE requirements will be provided by the organisers as part of the trip.
Spaces are limited to 60 for the Diageo Cameronbridge / Leven Tour and 20 for the Craft Distilleries. These are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Technical Tour 1: Diageo Cameronbridge / Leven
This tour includes a visit to Diageo’s Cameronbridge distillery, which is the largest in Scotland, and Diageo’s bottling plant, the International Supply Centre located located in Leven.
Cameronbridge is Diageo’s wholly-owned grain plant, which underpins many of the company’s blends in addition to the Cameron Brig and Haig Club single grain whiskies.
Diageo’s International Supply Centre packaging plant opened in 1973, creating a highly efficient and flexible packaging operation, which can respond quickly to changing demands and opportunities. In June this year, Leven has been ‘Packaging Plant of the Year’ and ‘Site of the Year’ in recognition of performance including productivity and health & safety. Leven packages over 38 million cases of spirits per year (9ltr equivalent cases).
Technical Tour 2: Craft Distilleries
The Kingdom of Fife is home to several craft distilleries and we are excited to announce that both InchDairnie and Lindores Abbey have offered to host us.
InchDairnie Distillery in their quest for flavour have distilled decades of industry experience and knowledge into fine-tuning one of the most meticulously designed distillation processes in the world. InchDairnie produce Malt, Peated Malt and Rye Whiskies and as part of the tour you will get to see a Mash Filter, a Thermal Vapour Recompression still house amongst other technology considerations.
Lindores Abbey has links to the earliest written reference to Scotch Whisky and after a break of 523 years are bringing a very modern whisky-making approach to this ancient site. Lindores Abbey in addition to Scotch Malt Whisky also produce Aqua Vitae, which is an award winning handcrafted botanical spirit, made at Lindores as long ago as 1494.
These two distilleries should provide you slightly different perspectives on the overall design and technologies required for a newer Scottish distillery.