Thursday, February 27, 2020


Elixir Distillers, has today announced that its dream to build a distillery on Islay, have taken a step closer to reality, after the submission of revised plans to Argyll & Bute council.

Located just outside the town of Port Ellen, the distillery seeks to combine the best elements of tradition and modernity in both design and production.

Elixir Distillers submit revised plans for its Islay distillery

Following extensive conversations with the Argyll & Bute planning team, the revised plans feature an exterior that keeps with the traditional look of the other south coast distilleries, alongside modern touches that reflect the site’s individual landscape.

The distillery has been designed with a floor malting capable of supplying 75% of the full one million LA capacity of the distillery, space for 16 washbacks and four sets of pot stills.

A range of styles of whisky will be produced, with an absolute commitment to quality and flavour. The distillery will feature smaller stills, a mixture of modern and traditional yeasts, and longer fermentation times.

Modern technologies around distillation and heat reclaim techniques will be used to maximise flavour and energy efficiency and minimise the impact on the environment.  There will also be a separate experimental still producing 200,000 LA per year, with the goal of ensuring Islay stays at the forefront of Scotch whisky innovation.

The distillery will also incorporate a visitor’s centre, along with a multi-purpose educational facility focused on training and an apprentice programme.

Commenting on the news, Sukhinder Singh, Elixir Distillers Co-Founder, said: “I wanted to build a distillery on Islay because I have always loved the island, its people and its whiskies. I’ve been a regular visitor to the island for over 25 years and must have tasted close to 3000 different Islay whisky bottlings! From a liquid point of view, we are determined to produce the greatest spirit possible. We want to create something that inspires the people of Islay and our customers, and enhances the reputation of Islay as a source of some of the world’s greatest whiskies. Our hope is that our distillery becomes an integral part of the island community, and one of our key priorities is to work collaboratively with the local community to ensure everyone benefits.”

Elixir Distillers, will also be submitting an additional application in March 2020, to build eight houses for staff who will be working at the distillery. There are also further plans to build accommodation elsewhere on the site, on land currently known as Torradale Farm, which will be submitted in a separate application. 

Posted by Steve Rush