The team behind Gartbreck Distillery have posted on social media that the building of their brand new distillery is to begin in spring 2016.
Jean Donnay, owner of Glann ar Mor distillery in Brittany, France chose a site close to Loch Indaal for the creation of Islay's ninth distillery last year.
Several difficulties have delayed the project but the announcement, posted on Facebook today, sounded optimistic: "Funding for the distillery having now been secured and a solution for some rather unexpected difficulties resulting from a missing plot of land having finally been arranged.
"Building work is planned to start sometime during spring 2016 with a view to have the distillery running by spring or summer 2017.
"Gartbreck will have its two pot stills operating with direct heating from a live flame and will produce 120.000 LPA/year."
The post added that an "official announcement with full details" will be released soon. Watch this space.