BRUICHLADDICH Distillery has revealed it is on track to double its output after being granted planning permission by Argyll and Bute Council to build six new maturation warehouses on Islay.
The distillery has planned an increase in its output to 1,500,000 ola (original litres of alcohol) following its acquisition by French premium spirits company, Remy Cointreau, in 2012.
This expansion could only take place if additional Islay-based warehousing was made available as the company is committed to maturing all of its spirit for all of its life on the island.
Spokesperson, Carl Reavey, said: “1,500,000 litres ola is the volume of spirit that we could distill when working round the clock for five days a week.
“Obtaining the relevant permissions to enable this to be matured on Islay has been a long and exacting process and involved extensive consultation with a number of stakeholders and agencies.
“We are delighted to have secured a positive decision which will secure our long-term business plan.
“We have always made no bones about the fact we are utterly committed to maturing all of our spirit for all of its life on the island. The company has always said that if we can’t mature our spirit here on Islay then we will stop distilling.”
Reavey continued: “It will be apparent that if we were unable to mature the spirit here we wouldn’t be able to bottle here either in the long term.
“This decision has secured the Islay-based employment associated with the business for decades to come.”
The Bruichladdich ‘ethos’ revolves around a long term commitment to maintaining as many of the processes associated with bringing their single malt whiskies and The Botanist Islay Dry gin on the island.
Reavey continued: “Since 2012, Bruichladdich has been able to undertake a number of major projects that will underpin the long-term commitment to artisanal production methods.
“These include the rebuild of the open-topped mash tun which dates back to 1881, major refurbishment of wash stills, the re-build of The Academy Building, and, now, the new warehouses.
“Some of these have resulted in production being reduced in the short-term, but the long-term commitment is plain for all to see.”
Bruichladdich distillery manager, Allan Logan, added: “We are very proud of our position as the largest private employer on Islay and conscious of the responsibilities we have to the local community.
“These projects all demonstrate that the future is very bright for everyone associated with this company.”
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