Is this a booming time for Islay Whisky or what? New distilleries and plans for new distilleries seem to spring up like mushrooms as the demand for Islay Single Malt Whisky is growing year after year. A few weeks ago I wrote about the possiblity that Islay could have fourteen whisky distilleries in the near future, that Ardnahoe will start production this year and Bunnahabhain Distillery has plans to completely renovate their distillery. And now Ardbeg Distillery has announced that it will double its production due to meet rising demand. Work to achieve this will be completed in 2018 according to a press release. The world’s passion for Ardbeg has surged since 1997, when the Distillery -then closed- was bought by The Glenmorangie Company and reopened.
Since its renaissance, Ardbeg has enjoyed year-on-year growth, due in no small part to its loyal following, the Ardbeg Committee. This project will double production capacity, increasing the number of stills from two to four while continuing to craft whisky using the same artisanal methods. Marc Hoellinger, President and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “We are delighted by Ardbeg’s success since 1997 – and by the growing passion for our whisky from fans around the world. Ardbeg has been distilled on Islay since 1815 and, with a new still house, we will pave the way for future generations of smoky malt whisky lovers to discover The Ultimate Islay Malt.”