Port Ellen distillery secures planning permission

Diageo has been given the green light to restore the silent Port Ellen distillery on Islay, and intends to recreate the original spirit and ‘alternative’ whisky styles. Diageo first announced plans to invest £35 million (US$46m) in reviving its Port Ellen and Brora distilleries in October 2017. Both sites were mothballed in 1983 and are expected to be back in production by 2021. Johnnie Walker owner Diageo submitted a detailed planning application to Argyll & Bute…

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Maidstone Distillery receives planning permission

Plans to build a new distillery in the English town of Maidstone have progressed after the local council granted planning permission. Maidstone Distillery will form part of the Market Buildings, a historic building that dates back to around 1835 and used to house the county’s Towns Corn Exchange. Husband and wife team Darren and Sam Graves are the brains behind the project, and intend to build a distillery and bar. They have also been permitted…

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Port Ellen Distillery plans sent to council

Diageo has outlined its plans to revive the silent Port Ellen Distillery on Islay, 35 years after the site closed. The group first announced its plans to invest £35 million (US$46m) in reviving its Port Ellen and Brora distilleries in October 2017. Both sites closed in 1983 and are expected to be back in production by 2021. Diageo has now submitted a detailed planning application to Argyll & Bute Council following community engagement and a…

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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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