For our favorite drink, extreme weather is a hot mess Credit: Apologies to KC Green, The Nib
For our favorite drink, extreme weather is a hot mess
Credit: Apologies to KC Green, The Nib

Dry country: Global warming hits Highland Scotch whisky

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If you still think climate change is someone else’s problem, maybe this will get your attention. Last year, thanks to a severe heatwave, some Scotch makers in the Highlands missed up to a month of production.

At Glenfarclas, the private spring that supplies its water ran dry, the Guardian explains. The Speyside distillery lost all of September, pushing output down by as much as 300,000 liters.

You’re paying the price
Drinks giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard, which own a bunch of Scottish distilleries, had little to say. But environmental scientist Helen Gavin broke it down: hot, dry summers + weird weather = biological and agricultural chaos.

The upshot: crop yields fall and production costs rise, along with consumer prices. “And it means if we take more water from the environment to try and save whisky, a farmer’s crop, or so we can still turn on the taps, it comes at a huge cost,” Gavin said. We know what we’d save.🥃

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