Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of Elixir Distillers, The Whisky Exchange and Speciality Drinks, confirmed the news last night, at a public consultation held at Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen, Islay.
|The proposed new distillery|
Having secured a piece of land on the water’s edge near Port Ellen on Islay’s south coast, a planning application will soon be submitted following the public consultation.
Commenting on the news, Sukhinder Singh, said: “Some of the world’s most amazing drams come from Islay. 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 Kildalton 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.”
Subject to planning permission being granted, construction on the new distillery will begin early next year, with the hope of distilling beginning in early 2020.
Posted by Steve Rush