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.
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 Arran’s 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.
Budding writers have been tasked with producing a poem that beautifully captures the Isle of Arran’s history, landscape or, quite simply, it’s spirit – whisky or otherwise.
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The closing date for entries is Friday 14 December and the winner and two runners up will be announced on Burns Night, Friday 25 January 2019.
As well as being immortalised within the Lagg Visitor Centre, the winning entry will be exclusively published in Scottish Field magazine, the official media partner for the competition. The winning poet will also be invited to the official opening of the new Lagg Distillery & Visitor Centre in Spring of next year. The two runners up will receive an exclusive Lagg Distillery goodie bag.
All entries can be submitted to Scottish Field magazine by emailing Kenny Smith at email@example.com with the subject ‘Isle of Arran Distillers – Poetry Competition’. Entrants will also need to include in their name, contact information and date of birth as this competition is only open to those over the age of 18.
Poems can also be submitted by post using the following address: Kenny Smith, Scottish Field, 496 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH5 2DL.