Lagg Distillery release first Single Malt

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Isle of Arran Distillers officially announced the launch of their highly anticipated Inaugural Limited Edition Single Malt release from Lagg Distillery – a new heavily peated whisky distillery, located on the southern tip of Arran.

Lagg Distillery is the sister of independently owned Lochranza Distillery which was established at the north end of the island in 1995. Their custom-made copper pot stills were installed in August 2018 and the building of the new distillery and its visitor centre was completed in 2019, where they opened their doors for the very first time.

Lagg Single Malt, released in three separate limited-edition batches, is “making a bold step into the whisky industry with its robust, complex, and earthy “west coast” style while bringing a contemporary twist to traditional methods of producing peated whisky on Arran”. The very first middle cut of spirit was recorded at 14.35pm on Tuesday 19th March 2019.

For the Inaugural Releases, they used Concerto malted barley, water from their own borehole and sourced peat from the Highlands which gives the “perfect gentle, aromatic, woody smoke” to the spirit of Lagg.

The team at Lagg plans to conduct thorough investigations into the effects that different types of peat sourced from different areas have on their spirit, and the distinctive phenols that they produce. They will also experiment with various cask types and observe how they interact with the Lagg spirit over time.

The new distillery is captained by Graham Omand, Lagg Distillery Manager, who worked as a stillman at Arran’s Lochranza Distillery for several years. Graham will oversee the production and care of the earthy, peated Lagg Single Malt and is very much looking forward to adding his own interpretation and style to the spirit to ensure it is of the highest possible quality.

Graham Omand, Distillery Manager of Lagg Whisky commented: “It’s every stillman’s dream to be given such an amazing opportunity to manage a beautiful site like Lagg. I am going to make sure it’s a legacy that I’ll be proud to say I helped build. We are delighted to finally announce the very first inaugural Single Malt release from Lagg.”

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