The Bruihladdich and Ardbeg Scotch whisky distilleries in Islay, each under new ownership, are to hit vastly increased production in the new year.
Ardbeg is moving into round the clock, 24/7, production mode, aiming to produce 1.1 million litres, up 57% on last year’s output.
Bruichladdich is to double production to tis maximum possible of 1.5 million litres – and take on more staff.
Ardbeg in now owned by high-end luxury goods conglomerate, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy; and Bruichladdich was bought from a private Islay company for £58 million this summer by France’s Remy Cointreau.
For Bruichladdich, the French connection is opening up new markets with substantially increased demand; and Ardbeg is acting in a similar need to respond to new volumes of demand.
All of this speaks for the health of the Islay economy, with its eight internationally known single malt whisky distilleries – including the new Kilchoman, which, astonishingly, made its mark at once.