Elixir Distillers revises Islay distillery plans

Spirits producer Elixir Distillers has submitted an altered planning application for its Islay distillery, which now includes a more “traditional” exterior design. Plans for the site, which will be located outside the town of Port Ellen, were unveiled in April 2018. Co-founded by Sukhinder Singh of retailer The Whisky Exchange, Elixir Distillers originally submitted a planning application to Argyll and Bute Council in November 2018, which gained approval the following month. The producer has now submitted…

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Whisky Exchange’s Singh brothers on 20 years of success

As groundbreaking company The Whisky Exchange celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the indefatigable founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh tell The Spirits Business about their past – and their future. *This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Since its inception, The Whisky Exchange was always going to be a family affair – but its creation was never intentional. “It was never the plan. Completely accidental,” says Sukhinder Singh,…

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Black Tot rum prepares to launch

Elixir Distillers has combined four styles of pot and column still rums from Guyana, Barbados and Jamaica for its latest release – Black Tot. Black Tot has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and aged solely in the Caribbean. Created by Elixir Distillers rum maker Oliver Chilton, Black Tot is said to have flavours of tropical fruits, Caribbean cakes and “intense” espresso, leading to sweet spices on the finish. The expression takes its name from Black…

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Elixir Distillers files application for Islay distillery

Elements of Islay producer Elixir Distillers has moved a step closer to building a new Scotch whisky distillery on Islay after submitting a planning application. Co-founded by Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of retailer The Whisky Exchange, Elixir Distillers submitted the planning application to Argyll and Bute Council on 21 November 2018, and it was validated on 6 December. The application includes plans to build a distillery on the Scottish island, complete with maltings, a vaulted maturation…

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