Whisky Focus - Distillation Begins At Lagg Distillery

Distillation Begins At Lagg Distillery

26th April 2019
Distillation has now began at the Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran and the new distillery is expected to open to visitors in the early summer of this year.

Lagg Distillery begins distillation.

The Isle of Arran Distillersí new Lagg Distillery recently reached a major new milestone when its stills came to life and the first middle cut of spirit was recorded on Tuesday 19th March at 14.35. Following this, the commissioning phase has now been completed and Lagg Cask Number One was filled on Wednesday 10th April.

Lagg Cask Number One, a Sherry Butt exclusively reserved for members of the Lagg Cask Society, has been filled with a heavily-peated (50ppm) spirit, at a traditional filling strength of 63.5%.

This spirit is expected to mature into the rich, earthy, smoky, Lagg Single Malt which will be very different in character to what the Isle of Arran Distillersí currently produce at their original distillery at the northern end the Isle of Arran in Lochranza.

Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, said: "Itís incredibly exciting to be taking the very first steps in producing what will eventually be a magnificent Lagg whisky and something truly unique to anything weíve produced previously."

Lagg distllery still

Whisky lovers can be part of the exciting story of the Lagg Distillery, by purchasing one of the first casks to be filled at the distillery, and becoming members of the Lagg Cask Society. For more information, visit www.laggwhisky.com

Over half of the casks reserved for this offering have now been sold, and with distillation underway, it is expected that each of the 700 casks for the society will soon be filled.

In terms of site construction, the distillery & visitor centre is now entering its final stages and is on track to open in early summer of this year. Work to the outer structure is now complete, and inside many of the elements of internal design are starting to come together.

It is expected that once open, the Lagg Distillery and Visitor Centre will increase total visitor numbers at both sites to over 200,000 by 2020.

It will be at least a few years before you will be able to sample Lagg single malt whisky but meanwhile you will find  Isle of Arran Distillersí current Arran single malt whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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