In keeping with the style of whisky for which Islay has become famed, Ardnahoe will produce a classic peated spirit, matured in ex-American bourbon barrels and ex-Spanish sherry casks.
The distillery which will create up to 30 new jobs on Islay, is said to combine state-of-the-art building design and technology with traditional distilling practices, including wooden washbacks, Scottish-made lamp glass stills and worm tub condensers.
The fulfillment of a long-held dream by the family business, which includes Stewart Laing and his two sons Andrew and Scott, Ardnahoe is situated on the island’s north east coast between Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain distilleries.
Commenting on the news, Stewart Laing, Managing Director of Hunter Laing & Company, said: “Since working as a teenager at Bruichladdich Distillery over 50 years ago, I have had a huge affinity with Islay and its malt whiskies. When we decided to build our own distillery, there was only one possible location. We have built a great team to manage the distillery and run the visitor centre and in a few years’ time we will be able to drink a great whisky in the classic Islay style, staying true to the island’s heritage with a heavily peated malt.”
Through its tours and events, the new Ardnahoe Distillery, is hoping to attract 20,000 visitors each year.
Posted by Steve Rush