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Chivas Brothers Unveil Plans For Islay Distillery

5th October 2023
Chivas Brothers unveil plans for a Islay distillery located on the picturesque grounds of Gartbreck Farm, west of Bowmore.

Chivas Brothers Unveil Plans For Islay Distillery

Chivas Brothers, the Pernod Ricard subsidiary dedicated to Scotch whisky, has revealed its plans for the inaugural distillery on the Isle of Islay.

This upcoming distillery represents a significant milestone as Chivas Brothers is set to introduce its first Islay whisky into its Scotch portfolio. This addition will complement its globally recognised collection of malts and blends, which includes renowned names such as The Glenlivet, Aberlour, Royal Salute, Chivas Regal, and Ballantine's. As a leader in sustainable Scotch production, Chivas Brothers has set an ambitious goal to achieve carbon neutrality in distillation across all its facilities by the end of 2026. In pursuit of this target, the Islay project's design, along with any potential future distillery constructions, will prioritise carbon-neutral distillation from the outset.

Located on the picturesque grounds of Gartbreck Farm, west of Bowmore at Saltpan Point along the Loch Indaal shoreline, this distillery will offer breathtaking vistas overlooking Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte on the opposite shore. Once it becomes operational, this distillery will focus on producing Islay single malt whisky, celebrating the distinctive smoky and peated characteristics for which the region is renowned.

The acquisition of this land underscores Chivas Brothers' commitment to becoming an integral part of the Islay community, just as it has been for decades in Speyside and the surrounding regions.

Jean-Etienne Gourgues, Chairman and CEO at Chivas Brothers commented: "This is an important new chapter in the Chivas Brothers story. The introduction of an Islay whisky completes our comprehensive and award-winning Scotch portfolio. As a business built on hundreds of years of heritage, it also gives us the opportunity to do something we rarely do, which is to start from scratch.

"Here on Islay, we can create a blueprint for carbon neutral distilling and continue to usher in this era of sustainable Scotch. We are committed to Scotch, to the Islay community and the landscape that makes it the perfect place to continue our vision to shape the future of whisky."

Full plans for the site will be revealed in due course.

You will find the current Chivas Brothers portfolio of whisky available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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