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Diardaoin, 01/Apr/2010

Bruichladdich to open Portnahaven Islay Distillery

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Very exciting news reach me from Islay this morning, well, at least if you like your Islay single malt whisky: A few years ago Bruichladdich lost the title of Islay's (and Scotland's) most westerly distillery when Kilchoman started production. That is about to change again and Bruichladdich will take that crown back. How? By building and operating Portnahaven distillery.

A quick look at a map will tell you that Portnahaven is quite a bit further west than Kilchoman and about as far west as you can go on Islay. From what I understand it will be a very small operation, a micro-distillery, based on Shore Street. Here's an artist impression of how it will look:

Picture of a road in a small coastal village with a distillery

View a large picture of the artist's impression of Portnahaven Distillery on Islay here

Mark Reynier of Bruichladdich says:

We are always open to innovative ideas and trying new things. Building and running a micro distillery is a new challenge for us, but as everyone who knows us will attest we thrive with challenges. Taking back the crown of Scotland's most westerly distillery is something I wanted to do for a while!

Jim McEwan points out another interesting aspect and reason to go to Portnahaven for Islay's most westerly distillery:

Being right at the Atlantic shore will provide something extra to our new Portnahaven whisky, the salty spray from the storms and waves coming in from the west will give this whisky the extra kick.

Certainly exiting news for Islay and for whisky lovers around the world!

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