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Mobile distillery the perfect blend for whisky on the move

Invention has the capacity to produce 400,000 litres of pure alcohol a year.

The world's first mobile malt whisky distillery has been created by a Speyside engineering company.

Moray-based firm Forsyths claim the invention will transform spirit production and give companies the option to be more flexible about where they make spirit.

The 13m by 13m skid-mounted distillery has the capacity to produce 400,000 litres of pure alcohol a year.

Developed using 3D software technology, it contains all the elements of a traditional distillery; including copper pot stills, and mashing, fermentation and distillation equipment.

It can be broken down to fit into eight shipping containers and three crates - allowing it to be moved anywhere in the world.

The unit has been fully tested and will soon be shipped to a distillery near Tokyo in Japan.

Senior project engineer Kenny Gilchrist said the creation had the potential to be a "game changer".

He said: "It's going to give distillers flexibility to make a quality product wherever they want as long as they have access to water, power and a licence.

Distillery: Developed using 3D technology.
Distillery: Developed using 3D technology. STV

"In theory, providing you have those key elements, you could distil in the desert, jungle or Arctic wastes.

"It's easy to move and not too big but still makes a lot of spirit. It is also an extremely cost-effective method for spirit production and can be used in a wide variety of situations."

Two specialists from Forsyths will travel to Japan with the unit and spend several weeks assembling and testing it.

The company has also set up a new office in Hong Kong to deal with demand from the Asian market.

Managing director Richard Forsyth said: "There are multiple merits of this exciting new development. This unit has been assembled, piped, wired and tested in a controlled environment in our workshops in Buckie.

"This affords us a better control on health and safety during the build but also significantly reduces our installation costs when compared to a traditional overseas build."

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