Elixir Distillers confirms its intention to build a new distillery on Islay.
Elixir Distillers, former Speciality Drinks, are probably most known for their Elements of Islay series and the Port Askaig brand, and for their owners having founded The Whisky Exchange. Last week they made it public they intend to build a new Islay distillery.
The press release says:
ELIXIR DISTILLERS CONFIRMS INTENTION TO BUILD AN ISLAY DISTILLERY
London, Thursday 26th April : At a public consultation held at Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen, Islay, yesterday evening, Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of Elixir Distillers, confirmed intentions for the company to build a new distillery on Islay.
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. The current intention is to begin building early 2019 and begin distilling in 2020, as long as planning permission is granted.
Singh explains: “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.”