The completion of the new distillery on the Isle of Arran has moved a step closer.
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd have welcomed the arrival of their new custom-made copper pot stills to the island, for the Lagg Distillery.
Following their departure from Rothes on the east coast of the country, the stills made the ferry journey from Ardrossan to Brodick, before travelling down to the Lagg Distillery site early the following morning.
Master Distiller James MacTaggart, along with Graham Omand, the newly appointed Lagg Distillery manager, and Faye Waterlow, the Lagg Visitor centre manager, were on site to welcome the copper pot stills to their new home, where they will begin the production of the signature Lagg Single Malt in early 2019.
The copper pot stills were manufactured by renowned still-maker, Forsyths. They have been specifically tailored to create a heavily-peated (50ppm) earthy spirit that will become the flagship Lagg Single Malt.
It is expected that this spirit, despite being very different in nature, will retain many of the characteristics that are the staple flavours of the celebrated Arran Malt.
Work continues at the Isle of Arrans Lagg Distillery
The wash still has a capacity of 10,000 litres and the spirit still a capacity of 7000 litres. The new Lagg stills will allow for a production level within the first year of 200,000 litres of alcohol.
James said: The copper pot stills will now be installed into their new home and complete a commissioning phase. The anticipation of waiting for them and then watching them arrive has created a great buzz on the site and on the island.
Now the stills are here, it truly feels like the start of an exciting new chapter, not just in the story of whisky production on Arran, but for the island as a whole. I look forward to working closely with Graham to ensure that they get up-and-running and that the spirit produced at Lagg is of the highest quality.
As well as the arrival of the stills, the three warehouses on site at the Lagg Distillery have been completed and the keys have officially been handed over from the construction team to Isle of Arran Distillers. This allows the team based at Lagg to start preparations to store the casks that will be filled at the new distillery.
When fully operational in 2019 the Lagg Distillery will increase Isle of Arrans production capacity to 2 million litres.
Furthermore, the total visitor numbers to both distillery sites is expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.
The arrival of the stills comes as the Isle of Arran Distillers recently launched a search for the official poem of the Lagg Distillery, which will be immortalised at the site.
An artists impression of the finished Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran
Budding writers have been tasked with producing a poem that beautifully captures the Isle of Arrans history, landscape or, quite simply, its spirit – whisky or otherwise.
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