25 Jan £8m investment in Islay distillery
Whisky entrepreneurs Andrew and Scott Laing, along with their father, Stewart, have submitted an application with Argyll and Bute Council to build the new malt whisky distillery at Ardnahoe, on the north east coast of the island.
Should permission be granted for the £8m project, it will be Islay’s first new distillery in a decade, and land currently owned by Islay Estates will be transferred to the whisky company.
Since Hunter Laing & Co. began operating in May 2013, the independent bottler and blender has been investigating the opportunities for owning its own distillery.
After extensive work, the family pinpointed the four-acre site near Port Askaig as the only viable option to meet the needs for their expanding business. Subject to approvals, the new distillery is expected to see the first drop flow from their stills by the end of 2017.