In the coming years all Islay Whisky fans get the opportunity to actively follow all the steps of creating a new dram. Not just following how the first whisky is bottled, but also how the first whisky is distilled, how the distillery is build, how the distillery is designed, how the bottle design is chosen, how the graphic designs of the brand develop, etc. etc.

By actively following all these steps you are automatically drawn into the process and, for the distillery, a first customer base is being created. I signed up for the newsletter.

I wasn’t a whisky drinker when in 2001 Bruichladdich reopened. I wasn’t a whisky drinker when Kilchoman was opened. I have regretted this fact ever since I became aware of these distilleries. I decided that I will not mis out on actively following the Ardnahoe Distillery.

To set myself on the right track I have done some googling and have created a wee overview of links.

The following people have a say in what will go on at the distillery:

  • Director : Scott Laing : Scott is Director since November 2015
  • Head Distiller : Jim McEwen

Scott Laing mentions on this LinkedIn:

“We are currently in the process of building what will be Islay’s 9th distillery, due for completion summer 2018”.

Based on this statement the first new make spirit would follow soon after and the first Whisky would be ready after summer 2021. Depending off-course if the distillery decides to make a 3 yo. From the history of Jim McEwen at Bruichladdich the first bottle will probably be a 5 yo. << ToDo : check statement … I may be confused here …

Interesting links to well informed people’s blogs:

The information which you can also read on the website and which I copied to quote it reads:

The long-held dream of one family and scheduled to open early in 2018, Ardnahoe will become Islay’s ninth operational distillery. With a production capacity of just 500,000 litres of alcohol per annum, Ardnahoe will distill a classic peated style of Islay malt, using the finest barley and water from the depths of Loch Ardnahoe itself. Employing wooden washbacks, Scottish-made stills, traditional worm-tub condensers and the knowledge of one of the whisky industry’s most experienced Master Distillers, Ardnahoe will strive to create one of the most enchanting spirits to come out of the renowned Whisky Isle.

Situated on Islay’s North-East coast, equidistant between Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila distilleries, the Ardnahoe site has breath-taking views of the Sound of Islay and Paps of Jura, with the islands of Colonsay and Mull just visible on the horizon; a truly inspirational setting.

Between Coal Ila and Bunnahabhain is the Loch Ardnahoe

Ones build the Distillery is very conveniently positioned besides one of the main hubs of entry, Port Askaig. This allows for a 7 minute drive or a refreshing hour long walk.

Port Askaig to Ardnahoe
A 7 minute drive away from the Ferry

In the coming years I will used the #ardnahoe tag to write more updates.