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New Distillery Manager At The Isle Of Arran Lochranza Distillery

15th November 2019
James MacTaggart hands over the reigns for the day to day management of the Isle of Arran Lochranza distillery to fellow Ileach David Livingstone.

Isle of Arran James MacTaggart and new distillery manager  David Livingstone

Isle of Arran Distillers has announced that David Livingstone will be taking over as the new Distillery Manager at their Lochranza Distillery, with James MacTaggart moving to take on the role of Director of Production & Operations for the company's Lochranza and recently opened Lagg distilleries on the Isle of Arran.

Following a lengthy recruitment process, Livingstone, who is originally from Islay, will be swapping whisky islands and bringing his experience across to Arran this month.

He has previously worked at Laphroaig Distillery, working his way up to Assistant Manager at the renowned organisation, and has more recently been involved in setting up the production process systems and assisting with the design at Islayís newest distillery, Ardnahoe, which opened earlier this year.

His involvement in the process gives him the hands-on experience required to oversee day-to-day operations at the Lochranza Distillery, which produces approximately 600,000 litres a year, as well as a full grasp of all the necessary regulations that are required in modern whisky production.

The appointment comes towards the end of a busy year for the island distillers as they opened Lagg Distillery, their second site on the island producing peated spirit, and launched a new look and packaging re-brand across their core range of Arran Single Malts.

New Distillery Manager, Livingstone, said: "Itís an especially exciting time to take on this role at such a remarkable whisky company and Iím very proud to be given the opportunity to look after the future of these great spirits.

"Our range of Arran Single Malts are loved across the world, and my main priority is to ensure that the quality is preserved going forward.

"Being from the islands myself, I recognise how important distilleries are to island communities and thatís something Iíve always been passionate about. The Isle of Arran Distillers is proud to continue to operate as an independently owned distillery that has the local people at its core."

James MacTaggart, who has been Master Distiller at Isle of Arran Distillers since 2007, will take on a new role as Director of Production & Operations, overseeing both the Lochranza and Lagg Distillery sites.

MacTaggart said: "As the company continues to grow and develop, itís necessary that we have the best whisky people around us. Weíre delighted to have David on board for the next part of our journey and know that we can learn plenty from his wealth of knowledge and experience.

"Iím thoroughly looking forward to my new role as Director of Production & Operations and the opportunity to ensure the excellence of our Arran Single Malts is maintained, while introducing people to our new distillery at Lagg and eventually the whisky weíll produce there."

The new look Arran core whisky range.

You will find the current Arran core range available now from specialist online whisky retailers including the repackaged Arran range as well as a couple of recently added new additions to the range available to purchase from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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