Drink giant Diageo is planning to reopen distilleries on Islay and at Brora. Both closed around 34 years ago, since closing, their whiskies have become highly collectable. 1978 bottles from the Port Ellen distillery on Islay sell for around £2,600. Production is due to start in 2020 but you will have to wait a while if you want to sample their output, it wont be available until at least 2032!
Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said:
“This is a truly exceptional moment in Scotch whisky. Port Ellen and Brora are names which have a uniquely powerful resonance with whisky-lovers around the world and the opportunity to bring these lost distilleries back to life is as rare and special as the spirit for which the distilleries are famous.
“Only a very few people will ever be able to try the original Port Ellen and Brora single malts as they become increasingly rare, so we are thrilled that we will now be able to produce new expressions of these whiskies for new generations of people to enjoy.
The announcement sends a positive message about the industry, an important export earner. Around 40,000 people work in the industry which generates around £5 billion sales.