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The Islay Boys secure planning permission for new Laggan Bay whisky distillery

The Islay Boys have announced planning permission for a distillery and brewery building at Glenegedale in Laggan Bay on Islay.

Published: August 1, 2022
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The application, approved by Argyll and Bute Council, allows the firm to advance with plans to build a distillery building to house a traditional, double-distillation Islay whisky.

Named Laggan Bay Distillery, it will become the 12th whisky distillery on Islay.

In addition, the firm will bolster their brewing credentials with a new building to house a brewkit for their Islay Ales.

The distillery and brewery site covers some two hectares, just opposite Islay’s airport in the centre of Islay, and is situated less than a mile from Islay’s longest beach, the Big Strand in Laggan Bay, from which the distillery takes its name.

As part of the project, The Islay Boys have announced a partnership with family-owned Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd to help bring the new distillery to fruition.

The Islay Boys have a long standing with Leonard Russell, chairman of Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd, who said: "I have known and worked with the Islay Boys for a long time, and I’m delighted to be able to bring our long experience in creating quality Scotch Single Malts to the Laggan Bay Distillery project."

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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