Ardnahoe distillery information
The distillery first was conceptualized by the family behind whisky blenders and bottlers Hunter & Laing. In 2015, a spot near Loch Ardnahoe was selected, and building started in 2016. The loch is where the distillery takes its’ name from. The contents of the lake have been filtered through sandstone and peat for millenia, leading to very soft water.
The Laing family has been in the whisky business since the 1940s, and thus had plenty of experience and knowledge of the industry to build on.
The distillery employs the use of a 100 years old Vickers Boby mill to grind the locally malted barley to grist. Another peculiar feature of the distillery is their use of Worm Tubs for cooling the distilled spirits. This is believed to lead to a better spirit, adding complexity and texture to the whisky.
The first spirit was distilled in 2018, and thus will be available from 2021 and forward. The intention is for it to be a classic Islay; wonderfully peated and smoky.
|Water source||Loch Ardnahoe|
|Owned by||Hunter Laing & Co Ltd.|
|Address||Ardnahoe Port Askaig Isle of Islay PA46 7RN +44 (0) 01496 840777|
|Mash tun||2.5 tonnes||1|
|Washback||5,000 litres litres||4 (Oregon pine)|
|Wash still||13,000 litres||1|
|Spirit Still||11,000 litres||1|
|Expected yearly output in LPA (Litres of pure alcohol)||875,000|