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Well that was a nice surprise to wake up to this morning, the Ardbeg distillery is being expanded, potentially doubling production capacity when work hopefully commences later in 2018 with completion due in 2019. I for one am excited by the news, pretty sure it is not possible to ever have enough Ardbeg in the world and wish Micky and his fantastic team at the Ardbeg distillery all the best with the expansion. Below is a full paste of the announcement, delivered to Ardbeg Committee members’ inboxes this morning…

We’ve come a long way since re-opening the mothballed Ardbeg Distillery in 1997. This is due in no small part to you, the Ardbeg Committee. Now the Distillery is undergoing a momentous change. And true to form, we wanted you to be the first to hear about it.

As you know, in the world of whisky Ardbeg is a giant, but in this little corner of the world we’re still small by comparison to our Islay neighbours. In fact, we’re the second smallest distillery on the island. But such is the demand for Ardbeg we have decided (after much deliberation) that it is now time for the Distillery to slightly expand.

…but still the same Ardbeg

So plans are a-foot (and currently with the local Council) for a new Still House to allow us to add two more stills, making a grand total of four. In addition, we’re already steaming ahead with the construction of a shiny new Boiler Room.

Rest assured, the iconic white buildings that are now a fixture on Islay’s southern coast aren’t going anywhere. Our new Still House will be very much in keeping with the original Distillery we all know and love. In fact it will sit where several erstwhile warehouses (demolished around 1980) once stood. We’re looking forward to bringing back to life this little corner of the Distillery, restoring it to its former glory.

And while the Distillery lads will enjoy tinkering with the new equipment, we won’t be tampering with the whisky. We’ll still be taking our time crafting every drop of Ardbeg with the love and care it deserves.

A massive thanks

If we get the go-ahead, the work will begin this year for completion in 2019. Meanwhile, the Ardbeg Distillery will be welcoming Committee Members and visitors as usual.

We’ll keep you informed as to the comings and goings – we might even have one or two special surprises up our sleeves just for you. After all, without our Committee Members, we might not be here at all. So here’s to the men and women that have built Ardbeg through the years!

Slàinte!

Mickey Heads
Committee Chairman

P.S. If you’re still reading this, be assured, during the process of not standing still, we’ll not come to a standstill. Our stills will still be making Ardbeg. Still.

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