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

19 February 2018

New still house is planned to answer fans’ growing call for The Ultimate Islay Malt

Today, the world’s smokiest, peatiest Islay single malt embraces the future with its plans for a new still house, funded by a multi-million-pound investment from The Glenmorangie Company. Subject to planning approval, the Distillery aims to start work this year, for completion in 2019, allowing Ardbeg to answer the call of its growing global fan base by distilling more of its untamed spirit.

The world’s passion for Ardbeg has surged since 1997, when the Distillery -then closed- was bought by The Glenmorangie Company and reopened. Since its renaissance, Ardbeg has enjoyed year-on-year growth, due in no small part to its loyal following, the Ardbeg Committee. A larger still house will ensure a steady supply of whisky to meet rising demand from the ever-increasing numbers of Ardbeg fans. Designed to regenerate a site at the heart of the Distillery, this traditional-style building will house a total of four of Ardbeg’s trademark copper stills. Two more than the Distillery currently has.

For all the changes, Ardbeg will remain one of the smallest distilleries on its remote Scottish island home. Its award-winning whisky will be carefully crafted in the same way as it has been for more than 200 years.

Marc Hoellinger, President and CEO 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.”

Ardbeg Distillery on Islay