The rumours of a new distillery near Port Ellen, the 11th Islay Distillery, go back quite a few years. It was referred to as "Farkin Distillery", named after the local farm. I first wrote about Farkin Distillery in November 2015. We're now 6 years on and recently Argyll and Bute council have approved a new distillery on this location, to be built by the co-founders of Elixir Distillers, the brothers Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh. The official name is not yet known, the owners will name it soon. Continue reading...
Does Islay really need another distillery?
Not everyone was pleased with the new distillery as it will generate more traffic through the village of Port Ellen, more capacity is needed on the ferry and a nice coastal part of the island will be built upon and lost for nature and wildlife. On the positive side, it will generate more jobs on the island and to overcome the housing problems on the island, there will be 16 new houses built next to the distillery for the workforce.
A changed design
The design of the distillery has changed dramatically since the original plans were submitted and the changed overall look, more traditional, is now more in line with the other three Kildalton Distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg.
The total investment will be between £20m and £30m, they will employ more than 15 people, the distillery will also have a visitor centre and they are expected to open in 2023, work will start this year.