Launch of a new whiskey distillery in Sichuan, China


An undated photo shows a scene from the CHUAN malt whiskey distillery in southwest China’s Sichuan Province Photo: Xinhua

World-renowned winemaker Pernod Ricard on Tuesday unveiled a new distillery for the production of single malt whiskey in the Chinese province of Sichuan (southwest).

Covering an area of ​​approximately 18 hectares, CHUAN Malt Whiskey Distillery in Mount Emei of Sichuan is the first malt whiskey factory invested by a major global spirits and wine producer in China. The group will pool around 1 billion yuan ($ 156 million) in the distillery over the next decade.

An undated photo shows a scene from the CHUAN malt whiskey distillery in southwest China's Sichuan Province Photo: Xinhua

An undated photo shows a scene from the CHUAN malt whiskey distillery in southwest China’s Sichuan Province Photo: Xinhua

The new distillery will use natural water from Mount Emei to make its whiskey. As trickles of water filter through the ancient limestone walls of Mount Emei, the products will contain the high-quality minerals needed to produce premium whiskey, the group said.

The group aspires to make the distillery a unique cultural landmark in Sichuan and has focused on green construction of the factory.

An undated photo shows a general view of the CHUAN malt whiskey distillery in southwest China's Sichuan Province Photo: Xinhua

An undated photo shows a general view of the CHUAN malt whiskey distillery in southwest China’s Sichuan Province Photo: Xinhua

The distillery will rely on renewable sources of electricity and its wastewater will undergo appropriate treatment. Its distillation by-products will also be processed into animal feed, the group said.

An undated photo shows a scene from the CHUAN malt whiskey distillery in southwest China's Sichuan Province Photo: Xinhua

An undated photo shows a scene from the CHUAN malt whiskey distillery in southwest China’s Sichuan Province Photo: Xinhua


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