Planned Laggan Bay Distillery on Islay is taken a step further

Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd joins the Islay Boys Ltd for a partnership


More news on distillery projects on the island of Islay: Follwing the Port Ellen Distillery, which is already nearing completion, and the planned Portintruan Distillery of the Elixir Distillers, which intends to start production in early 2024, plans for another whisky distillery are getting concrete: "The Ileach", a news magazine from the Island of Islay, reported yesterday on the current status of the planned Laggan Bay Distillery.

Behind the Laggan Bay Distillery project is Islay Boys Ltd., an independent bottler founded in 2016 by Mackay Smith and Donald MacKenzie, both based on the island. They sell their whiskies under the labels Flatnose, Barelegs and Picti. Since 2018 they also call Islay Ales their own, the only brewery on the island. Now the boys from Islay want to bring their both companies together under one roof and build a new building with a brewery and a whisky distillery at Glenegedale near Islay Airport. They have already received approval for their plans from Argyll and Bute Council. A rum distillery was also mentioned in the original plans, in the current publication of the Ileach nothing can be read about it.

Islay Boys Ltd. has now brought a partner on board for this project and has started a partnership with Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd, reports The Ileach. The family-run business owns the Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Edinburgh Gin distilleries and is currently working on the new construction of the Rosebank Distillery. Gordon Dundas, Brand Ambassador at Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd, writes about the Laggan Bay Distillery project on his Facebook account: "Excited to be part of this".


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