This commitment to an Islay process, with new warehouses, new maltings, and being adamant about bottling on the island, will continue to increase employment prospects locally. As a result of our business’ choices, we currently employ 80 people here, making us the largest private employer in Islay, despite being the second smallest whisky producer.
Combine that with the 18 farming partners we currently work with locally, and our business’s contribution to the extended community is undeniably significant.
Speaking on all these elements, our CEO Douglas:
“Running a business from an island makes us distinctly aware that our social, economic and environmental impact must be a positive one. We feel strongly about our responsibility to the island and the people of Islay.
“In recent years, we have endeavoured to be more sustainable in our operations and more environmental in our actions. Some have been straightforward, like stopping using bottled water and introducing the use of electric vehicles, or more complicated, like habitat protection, wildlife corridor agreements with landowners for barley growing or engineering a solution that re-uses the hot waste-water from distillation.
“These actions are just the beginning of a long-term vision; to be more sustainable in all we do, and to leave behind a bright future for generations to come.”