Chivas Brothers Flushes Whisky Down the Drain

Chivas Brothers is investigating an incident at its Dumbarton bottling plant in Scotland after a mixup led to thousands of liters of whisky being flushed into the sewer system.

According to a BBC report, the incident took place on February 26 on the overnight shift while equipment was being cleaned. Instead of draining waste water, workers drained whisky that was being prepared for bottling of Ballantine’s — the plant’s main product. A Scottish Water spokesman told the BBC that sewage workers noticed the smell and were working to identify the source when they were notified by Chivas Brothers.

A statement from Chivas says no spirit reached the nearby River Leven, and was contained at the sewage treatment plant.

Mark Gillespie

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