A combination of a mild winter, dry early spring in parts of Scotland has seen some Scotch whisky makers having to cut back on production.
The shortage of water in the Speyside region is the worst in over a century-and-a-half, reports thedrinksbusiness.com.
The sales director at Glenfarclas, George Grant, told them: “February and March were so dry we ran out of water and were running at 40% capacity.”
Glenfarclas was not alone, according to the report, and such problems may increase in the future. According to Grant: “Many of these distilleries just weren’t designed to produce as much whisky as they are today.”
The growth of production is also potentially being limited by bottling capacity and sufficient cooperage facilities for the industry as a whole, according to the report.