Ironically, global warming also puts scotch distilleries at risk of running out
of fresh water, which they need at several steps throughout the distillation process. During a 2007 drought, several distilleries had to halt operations all together, and others were faced with bringing water in by tanker. Responsible water usage is another area that the Scotch Whisky Association’s climate initiatives address, much in the same twofold way they do peat harvesting. The SWA sees the need for scotch producers to both reduce their water usage and become stewards of the various freshwater sources on which they are so dependent.
Like any other product of the land on which it is made, scotch whisky is caught in the crosshairs of climate change. And, like any other product that gets part of its value from centuries of traditional production, the method of scotch’s making can’t turn on a dime. The scotch whisky industry is left to innovate in a particularly challenging fashion - change the effects of their production without changing the essence of their methods or their product. What can single malt enthusiasts do to help? Buy old scotch, of course. We’ve got just the bottle for you.
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