Subject to planning approval, the plans include the building of a new larger still house, which will allow the Islay based distillery to keep up with the ever-increasing global demand for its single malt Scotch whisky.
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The proposed plans would see the new still house located on a site once occupied by warehouses. The number of stills will increase from two to four (two wash stills and two spirit stills), while the area in which the stills currently reside will be repurposed to accommodate further washbacks.
Planning has been submitted for the expansion and it is hoped that building work will start later in 2018, for completion in 2019. Planning permission for a new boiler house has already been granted, moving the facility a little further away from the distillery.
Following completion, The Glenmorangie Company has said that Ardbeg would remain one of the smallest distilleries on Islay, and its whisky would be carefully crafted in the same way as it has been for more than 200 years.
Commenting on the news, 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.”
During the coming weeks, local Islay residents will be invited to a meeting, so they can hear details of the Distillery’s plans at first hand.
The distillery will remain in operation throughout the planned building work.
Posted by Steve Rush