Malt whisky milestone as Port Ellen Distillery plans approved 

An artist's impression of the new Port Ellen Distillery.

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Innovative plans to bring one of the world’s most famous distilleries back into production have been given the green light.

The ‘lost’ distillery of Port Ellen will be restored through an inspirational combination of heritage and originality after plans were approved by Argyll and Bute Council planners.

As part of the plans, the historic pagoda-roofed kiln house will be restored alongside the creation of new state-of-the-art production buildings.

Georgie Crawford, the master distiller leading the Port Ellen project, said: ‘We are delighted to have reached this important milestone in our journey to bring Port Ellen back into production.

‘We are grateful to Argyll and Bute Council and to the community who have engaged positively with us during the planning process. We are incredibly excited to begin the next phase of the project and to make our long-cherished dream of restoring Port Ellen distillery a reality.’

The new Port Ellen stillhouse will bring together traditional and innovative approaches to distilling under one roof with two pairs of copper pot stills and two separate distillation regimes.