When in September last year the word came out that Islay was becoming a ninth distillery at Gartbreck Farm most folk were very surprised and many questions were asked such as where is the water source, who is behind this initiative, what distillery will it become and many more. But now that Argyll and Bute Council have granted the planning application, the demolition of outbuildings and erection of new distillery building, the new owner, Jean Donnay from France, can't wait to start with the conversion which is planned to start in May this year while production will start in the Autumn of 2015. It's great to see that yet another distillery, with its own visitor centre, will start-up on the island which will probably further boost tourism on the island.
The Spirits Business website published an article yesterday in which they wrote: "Situated by Lochindaal Gartbreck Distillery will produce 100% peated single malt whisky from its two fire-heated copper pot stills - the only distillery on the island to use such equipment. Jean Donnay anticipates around 20% of whisky produced will be made using Islay barley, with the remainder shipped over from mainland Scotland. The distillery, which will run six days a week, will produce an initial 60,000 litres of alcohol per year, and feature its own on-site floor maltings and kiln."