Because of the arrival of the Nissan Leaf, the owner of the 130-year old Bruichladdich whisky distillery could now proudly claim to be totally self-sufficient on the remote Hebridean island of Islay. The distillery uses a Biowayste system that enables it to produce its own electricity by making use of the waste products from the distilling process.
Earlier this year, owner Mark Reynier began to use this system wherein electricity is generated by biogas that results from a process called anaerobic digestion.
With the Nissan Leaf, Reynier can charge his car using the electricity that was generated, making his operations entirely carbon-free. To commemorate this achievement, Nissan and Bruichladdich have produced a limited run of bespoke, LEAF-labelled organic whisky.
Reynier said that before the Leaf, he was frustrated with the fact that at every aspect, his company is self-sufficient but his car still required the priciest diesel in the UK from the mainland.
The Bruichladdich whisky distillery, built in 1881 by three pioneering brothers, has been a source of innovation for a long time now. In 1881, it brought electricity to the Hebridean island that spans 230 square miles. The company continues to use the same Victorian design of its machinery until today for the making of whisky.