UK-based creator, blender and bottler of fine spirits Elixir Distillers has secured planning approval from Argyll and Bute Council for the construction of a Scotch whisky distillery on Islay.

Co-founded by Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh, Elixir Distillers originally submitted the planning application to the council in November 2018 and was approved in the same year in December.

However, last February, the company resubmitted the application to the council to seek permission for making some alterations at the site.

Speaking of the development, Elixir Distillers head blender Oliver Chilton was quoted by media sources as saying: “We take great pride in being able to learn, as whisky enthusiasts and use that knowledge as a guide to find and bottle great whisky, including our independent bottlings brands Port Askaig and Elements of Islay.

“Having our own distillery will be a fantastic opportunity to apply the same methodology and passion for flavour in a drive to make truly great spirit to enhance the incredible reputation that Islay single malt already has.”

Elixir Distillers intends to build an on-site housing, a visitor centre and a multi-purpose educational facility at the site, as well as include some ‘modern and traditional elements’.

The company intends to break ground at the yet-to-be-named distillery site later this year.

Sukhinder said: “We’ve worked closely with the Argyll and Bute planning committee to create plans for a distillery that fits into the landscape and supports the community.

“We want to create whiskies that inspire both the people of Islay and Islay whisky fans worldwide, enhancing the already glowing reputation of Islay whiskies, while also becoming an integral part of the community.”