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Jim McEwan to Work for Ardnahoe Distillery

I still regret the opportunity I had last year to take a photo of Jim McEwan doing the ironing for his wife Barbara, just after he was retired from Bruichladdich Distillery. It would have been a rather unique photo as Jim's retirement was of a very short nature. Jim is apparently not the man to sit still and do nothing as it didn't take him very long to accept a dream job with Hunter Laing & Co, at Ardnahoe Distillery. And this might well be Jim's most special job he has ever done as this is in fact the first time that he will help building a whisky distillery on Islay from the ground up. He will be involved in any decisions taken on the construction of the distillery as well as being responsible for the production of the first spirit and the selection of the casks. A unique opportunity, something most of us would leave retirement for.

Hunter Laing & Co, the Glasgow-based company – run by Andrew and Scott Laing, along with their father, Stewart – expects Ardnahoe to start production in early 2018. Construction works on the new distillery have started late last year. Ardnahoe distillery will be built in two phases. The first will see the establishment of distilling operations, warehousing and a visitor centre comprising of a cafĂ©, tasting room and shop. The second will see an expansion of distilling operations and further warehousing. Continue reading.....

Douglas Taylor New CEO of Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich Distillery are undergoing a big change in management as Simon Coughlin moves on from his role as CEO of the company. Simon, who has been part of Bruichladdich since 2000 when he and Mark Reynier, with a group of fifty shareholders, bought the dormant distillery and turned the whisky into the internationally recognised brand it is today. He took the position as CEO of Bruichladdich when the French, family-run Remy Cointreau Group bought the distillery in 2012, and has remained in the driving seat of the biggest private employer on the island until now.

Simon has been appointed another role within the Remy Cointreau Group as he takes over the management of the newly created ‘Whisky Business Unit’. The unit was created following the recent acquisition of two more distilleries and will comprise Bruichladdich Distillery, Domaine des Hautes Glaces (French single malts) and Westland (American single malts). Remy Cointreau said, “Simon will draw on his experience and avant-garde vision of the world of whisky to fulfil his mission of unlocking the full potential of the various brands. This ambition is very much in line with the group’s strategy; that of becoming the world leader of exceptional spirits.”

Douglas Taylor, currently Global Brand Director, will take Simon’s place as the CEO of Bruichladdich Distillery Company effective immediately.

Photo courtesy of bruichladdich distillery

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Camper Vans and Mobile Homes Questionnaire

Following much local discussion regarding the impact of camper vans and mobile homes visiting Islay, a questionnaire was placed in the Ileach on 6 August 2016 in an effort to seek the views of the community. From the responses received, the following points were highlighted:

  • Lack of grey waste / chemical waste disposal facilities
  • Numbers of litter bins needs to be increased
  • Designated parking areas required, especially during Feis Ile week
  • Disseminate information to camper van and mobile home owners

 

Whilst the feeling was that this type of tourism to Islay should not be discouraged, appropriate facilities and more information should be readily available. Continue reading....

New Years Day Walk to Killinallan Point Islay

I can't think of a better way to start the new year than to go for a refreshing walk on one of Islay's amazing beaches. This year we decided to walk to Killinallan Point, on the east side of Loch Gruinart, which never stops to amaze us, no matter what the weather is. And today it was even more spectacular than usual. The sun was out and a chilly northerly breeze created a drifting sand spectacle I hadn't witnessed before. So out came the camera and below is my impression of the drifting sands at Killinallan Point.

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