Isle of Arran offers full single malt casks to publicBy Nicola Carruthers
Independent Scotch producer Isle of Arran Distillers is giving whisky fans the chance to buy the first casks of heavily peated single malt from its new distillery, priced at £6,000 (US$8,360).
Master distiller James Taggart is releasing 700 casks from the first production of the distiller’s second site on the south coast of the island of Lagg, which is currently under construction.
The Bourbon casks contain approximately 280 70cl bottles of a heavily peated single malt, which will be the style of whisky produced at the Lagg Distillery.
Each casks will remain at the distillery for a minimum of 10 years of maturation. Buyers of the casks will then be able to bottle the spirit, and receive a limited-edition Lagg Cask Society label.
Owners will also have the opportunity to pay an annual fee of £40 to continue the maturation process until the desired age is reach.
All cask owners will also become a member of the Lagg Cask Society, where each member will receive a bottle from the first cask to be filled at Lagg, and a first-look at the distillery ahead of its opening next year.
The new distillery site and visitor centre at Lagg is expected to open in spring 2019.
The distillery anticipates total visitor numbers to both distillery sites to exceed 200,000 by 2020 once the Lagg visitor centre has opened with an estimated combined turnover of over £2 million (US$2.7m).
Euan Mitchell, managing director of the Isle of Arran Distillery, said: “We are proud to be bringing whisky production back to the south end of Arran. The area was a hotbed of distilling, both legal and illicit, during the early nineteenth century and the Arran ‘waters’ were in great demand on the mainland.
“The Lagg Cask Society is the next chapter of the story of malt whisky on Arran. Their casks will be the first to be filled on the south of the island in over 170 years – a continuation of a long and proud heritage of whisky making on Arran.”