There are plans for a new Distillery on Islay, one between Port Ellen and Laphroaig, very likely at a site called Farkin, around a mile outside the village. Behind this new distillery is Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of Elixir Distillers and spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange. The rumours about this new distillery started already in 2014 and yesterday the plans were officially revealed. There is no name yet for this distillery but there is a good chance it will be called Farkin Distillery, see another artcile I wrote about fourteen distilleries on Islay.
With Ardnahoe opening in May, this new distillery opening in 2020 and Port Ellen around that same time Islay will have 11 whisky distilleries in the near future! continue reading...
Elixir Distillers, which owns the Port Askaig and Elements of Islay brands, outlined plans for a whisky distillery during a public consultation at Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen on the 25th of April. Following the public consultation, Elixir Distillers intends to submit a planning application with a view to begin building in early 2019. A quote from the press release:
Pending planning consent, distillation could begin at the site as early as 2020 – the same year whisky is expected to return to the silent Port Ellen distillery nearby. Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of Elixir Distillers and spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange, said the island of Islay is the perfect place to build a single malt distillery.
‘Some of the world’s most amazing drams come from Islay,’ he said. ‘Their unique style combined with the special character of the island meant there was never any question that we wouldn’t choose Islay to build our distillery. ‘As soon as I saw the distillery site I fell in love with it. It’s on the holy grail of whisky roads, passing Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg distilleries on the way to Kidalton Cross. Plus it’s in the town of Port Ellen, which as a collector of Port Ellen single malt, has a special meaning. It was just too good to resist.’
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