Ardbeg looks to the future with multi-million-pound investment

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Ardbeg Distillery has announced plans for a new still house, funded by multi-million-pound investment from The Glenmorangie Company.

Although still subject to planning approval, the distillery aims to start work this year and hopes to have the development completed by 2019.

Ardbeg has enjoyed year-on- year growth after being purchased by The Glenmorangie Company.

The plans announced last week will allow Ardbeg to continue to meet growing worldwide demand for its whisky.

Under the proposals, a new still house will be constructed on a site once occupied by warehouses and the number of stills would double from two to four.

Despite the planned changes, it will remain one of the smallest distilleries on Islay.

Its award-winning whisky will be carefully crafted in the same way it has been for more than 200 years.

Established in 1815, Ardbeg is renowned by whisky connoisseurs as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts.

Marc Hoellinger, chief executive of The Glenmorangie Company, said: ‘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.’

Islay residents will be invited to a meeting in the coming weeks to hear details of the distillery’s plans.

The distillery will continue its normal operations throughout the development of its new still house.