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Distillation begins at Lagg Distillery

Production is officially under way at Isle of Arran Distillers’ new Lagg Distillery, which will create heavily peated whiskies.

Lagg Distillery is situated to the south of the Isle of Arran

The first cask, a Sherry butt, was filled on 10 April and has been reserved for members of the Lagg Cask Society.

In contrast to Isle of Arran Distillers’ Arran Malts range, the whiskies produced at Lagg will be “rich, earthy” and peated expressions with a registered phenolic content of 50ppm (parts per million).

James MacTaggart, master distiller, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be taking the very first steps in producing what will eventually be a magnificent Lagg single malt Scotch whisky and something truly unique to anything we’ve produced previously.”

Construction of Lagg Distillery started in February 2017 and is not yet finshed. The visitor centre is still being built, but the distillery aims to welcome its first guests by early summer 2019.

Lagg Distillery is situated on the south of the Isle of Arran and will be led by distillery manager Graham Omand.

Once fully operational, Lagg Distillery will increase Isle of Arran’s production capacity to two million litres. Total visitor numbers to both distilleries are expected to surpass 200,000 by 2020.

Last year, Isle of Arran gave whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase the first casks of heavily peated single malt from Lagg Distillery for £6,000 (US$8,360).

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