Whisky Focus - Ardbeg Distillery Plans To Double Production

Ardbeg Distillery Plans To Double Production

19th February 2018
Ardbeg distillery reveals plans to double production with the addition of two more stiills.

Ardbeg Distillery Pier

Ardbeg distillery on Islay has unveiled plans to double production of their popular peaty single malt whisky. Ardbeg owners, The Glenmorangie Company, who bought the distillery back in 1997 and brought it back into production have submitted plans to the local council for a multi million pound project which will involve the construction of a new still house which will allow them to double the number of stills from two to four, hence doubling the production capacity of the iconic peaty Islay single malt.

Subject to planning approval from the Argyll & Bute Council, the distillery aims to start work this year, for completion in 2019. They plan to construct the new still house which will be constructed on the site which was once occupied by several warehouses which were demolished around 1980. The current still house will be transformed to house the increase in the number of washbacks which will be required to meet the increase in distillation capacity.

Preparation work for the expansion is already steaming ahead with the construction of a new Boiler Room, which will see it moving away from the distillery but Ardbeg fans needn't worry the iconic white distillery buildings which sit so close to the waters edge are going nowhere.

Even with this planned expansion, Ardbeg will still remain one of the smallest distilleries on its remote Scottish island home of Islay. But hopefully with more whisky being laid down to mature in the Ardbeg warehouses in the future there will be enough stock to let a significant amount of Ardbeg mature longer and perhaps we could see the addition of an older age statement whisky to the core range, perhaps even the return of the Ardbeg 17 year old, here's hoping.

Marc Hoellinger, President and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company, commented on the news, saying: "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."

Ardbeg whisky range - Ardbeg Ten, Ardbeg An Oa, Ardbeg Uigeadail, Ardbeg Corryvreckan

The distillery will be welcoming visitors as usual during the construction period and if you can't make it over to Islay don't worry you can find the current Ardbeg whisky range available from specialist whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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