New Scottish Distillery Emerges On Isle Of Arran - The Whiskey Wash

New Scottish Distillery Emerges On Isle Of Arran

By Nino Marchetti / July 12, 2019

Isle of Arran Distillers, a few years back, announced plans to bring a second distillery to the Scottish island their first whisky making facility was located on. What’s now known as Lagg Distillery recently opened to the public and is making single malt alongside the original operation.

The new Lagg Distillery, according to those behind it, opens with a spanning visitor center that includes a shop, an interactive video showcasing Arran’s whisky history as well as a café and restaurant which will provide food and drink with ingredients sourced from local produce. On site as well are two new copper stills and four wooden washbacks within the same room, allowing visitors the opportunity to be guided through every stage of the whisky journey.

As mentioned previously, whisky production at Lagg commenced earlier this year, as the first middle cut of spirit was recorded in March. This spirit is expected to mature into a rich, smoky, heavily-peated (50ppm) Lagg Single Malt which will be very different in character to what the distillers currently produce at their original distillery in Lochranza on another part of Arran.

Lagg Distillery

Lagg Distillery (image via Isle of Arran Distillers)

“We’re all thrilled to be celebrating the opening of our spectacular new Lagg Distillery and to bring production back to the heart of whisky-making on the Isle of Arran,” said Graham Omand, distillery manager at Lagg, in a prepared statement. “It’s an outstanding achievement from everybody that was involved in the process and something that people on the island and beyond can be very proud of.”

With the new facility opened now it is expected both distilleries will have total visitor numbers that increase to over 200,000 by 2020.