As a follow up on an earlier blog post about Four more distilleries on Islay, Herald Scotland reports today about the new Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay ( artist impression right), which will be located between Port Askaig and Bunnahabhain. The water for the distillery will come from Ardnahoe Loch. It's a stunning location with great views over the Sound of Islay and to Jura.
The article also mentions that the the future owners are planning for the first spirit to be distilled by the end of 2017, which is quite a bold statement as they have no planning permission yet. Experience learns that the construction time of projects on Islay usually take a bit longer than foreseen. Nevertheless, another new distillery on Islay will put the island even more in the spotlights for whisky enthusiast, especially with another one, Gartbreck, is going to be build around the same time. It will be an interesting race between the two as the owners of Gartbreck Distillery have planned to start construction in spring this year. For now I'll put my money on Gartbreck to be the 9th distillery on Islay and Ardnahoe Distillery will then be the 10th distillery on the island. Continue reading....
A quote from Herald Scotland:
Family-owned blender and bottler Hunter Laing is making its first move into distilling with its plans for an £8 million investment in the new-build project at Ardnahoe. Managing director Stewart Laing, an industry veteran who joined sons Scott and Andrew in launching Hunter Laing in May 2013 after decades running Scotch blender and bottler Douglas Laing & Co with brother Fred, emphasised a bottled Islay single malt was the focus of the Ardnahoe distillery investment.
artist impression of Ardnahoe Distillery
Andrew Laing, who is also a director of Hunter Laing, said that the distillery would have the capacity to produce 500,000 litres of alcohol per year. Production of about 200,000 litres of alcohol is planned in the first year of operation. Hunter Laing, which sells whisky in about 65 countries, said the building of the distillery was planned in two phases. The first stage would involve the establishment of distilling operations, warehousing, and a visitor centre including a cafe, tasting room, and shop. The second phase would entail an expansion of distilling operations and further warehousing.